COMMUNITY SPIRIT: QCWA Capricornia Division president Gloria Wakefield, Elizabeth Hickey and Amanda Hickey say there’s more to the organisation than fundraising and baking competitions.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: QCWA Capricornia Division president Gloria Wakefield, Elizabeth Hickey and Amanda Hickey say there’s more to the organisation than fundraising and baking competitions. Michelle Gately Rokcwa

MYTHS BUSTED: CWA’s not all about the scones and baking

IT'S not all scones and sponge cakes for the ladies of the Queensland Country Women's Association.

While their baking remains formidable, the iconic organisation is also aimed at making a real difference within the community.

As the Country Women's Association of Australia (CWAA) marked its 70th birthday this week, The Morning Bulletin spoke to members of QCWA Capricornia Division.

Division president Gloria Wakefield said the QCWA, in its 93rd year, was currently focused on campaigning to reduce domestic violence and helping distribute money from the State Disaster Fund to drought-affected towns.

The CWAA, along with state and territory organisations, has previously lobbied local, State and Federal governments on issues including the gender pay gap and rural poverty

Over the years, the QCWA has adapted to meet the needs of the community.

Gloria said the Capricornia Division was hoping to start cooking classes, showing how to cook basic, affordable family meals.

The social aspect is also appealing for many women.

Amanda Hickey has been in the QCWA for 22 years; her daughter Elizabeth, 16, followed in her footsteps, becoming the fourth generation in the family to do so.

Having both grown up attending meetings, Amanda and Elizabeth said becoming a member was inevitable.

Elizabeth said she enjoyed being able to help the community, as well as learning skills like cooking and various crafts.


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