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Episode 19 - ‘Sconversations’ with the CWA

The Country Women’s Association is famous for scones and tea, but this organisation is so much more. Today’s guest has transitioned from dairy farmer to the CWA’s NSW President. Stephanie Stanhope has advocated for better services for regional communities for years and has been a friendly face to countless residents doing it tough. When she lost her own home during the 2020 Black Summer Bushfires, she learnt first-hand how important that support network of women really is. This is a very timely chat - not only is it week two of the Sydney Royal Easter Show where the CWA is an institution, but 2022 also marks 100 years of the organisation. So, let’s begin the so called ‘sconversation’ with Stephanie Stanhope. We discuss:

  • Stephanie’s favourite Country Women’s Association (CWA) event to take part in.

  • The CWA has members aged from 18 to 100 years old.

  • She shares how the CWA has stayed relevant over the past 100 years.

  • The number of scones sold yearly at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

  • The scones are a symbol of taking time to talk to people - sitting down over a cuppa.

  • Providing support is such a big part of the CWA and Stephanie shares her own personal experience of this support.

  • Advocacy has resulted in huge improvements to services in regional areas.

  • Stephanie’s best advice, ‘Be true to yourself, and remember that there are people there to lean on when you need them.’

  • Her proudest moment as President of the New South Wales CWA.

  • What Stephanie loves most about country life.

  • The most common misconception about the CWA and the support they provide.

  • Stephanie’s hopes for the future of the organisation.

  • And finally, the big question - Jam or cream first on a scone?

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.



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