Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has expressed her appreciation for the enduring legacy of the Cowra CWA Branch during recent celebrations marking its 100th birthday.
The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia and aims to improve conditions for country women and children. It has around 8000 thousand members in hundreds of branches,
“Whether it be fundraising, providing a network of support, lobbying for important causes, passing on their skills to others, or providing educational grants, the ladies of the CWA are invaluable members of the Cowra community,” Ms Cooke said at the birthday celebrations, held at the Cowra Bowling Club.
“For a hundred years, the Cowra CWA Branch has been a cornerstone of support in and around the town. Their involvement in all aspects of the community is second-to-none.
“These centenary celebrations mark a truly remarkable milestone and represent a long and valued history of dedication by members to enrich the lives of those in the community,” she said.
Ms Cooke emphasised the importance of community organisations like this in rural areas.
“The CWA has consistently championed important causes, from supporting local families to advocating for essential rural services, and today is a chance for us to shine a light on the fantastic work these women do, often without the recognition they deserve,” Ms Cooke said.
“While the ladies of our local CWA branch do so much more than just bake, I feel it’s important to acknowledge their unmatched cooking skills; I can never resist a CWA cake stand!
“Congratulations once again to all members of the Cowra CWA Branch; your importance within the community can never be overstated,” she said.