Behind the Barr

A Rural Women's Story


In 2009 I moved with my three young sons to the Murray River town of Barham on the NSW/VIC border; I wasn’t planning on staying.

It was meant to be a six to twelve month stopover on my way home to Hay but within six months we’d all fallen in love with the town and the community and my remedial massage therapy business was keeping me busy with fulltime work.


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Can you Agvocate and Make the World a Better Place?

World Rural Women's Day 2014


The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors the role of rural women on October 15 each year. It recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide. In this blog article, rural advocate Karen Tully from Charleville, Queensland ponders the question as to how rural women might all be able to make a difference to our little patch of rural and remote Australia that we call home……by using messaging on social media.  


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Soul Mama Logs On

NRWC is proud to introduce our latest Blog Spot contributor, Emma Taylor.



Emma is the founder of Soul Mama, a Facebook page ( dedicated to helping new mums living in rural, regional and remote communities connect with each other, talk through tough issues and help each other get through those challenging times of motherhood.

Emma lives in Roma, QLD with her children and started Soul Mama in May 2013. She has a Diploma in Holistic Counselling and has experience in facilitating groups; she is also an NRWC E-Leader alumni.

It was her experience with the National Rural Women’s Coalition E-Leaders program and her familiarity with the success of the webinar sessions run as part of this experience, which lead Emma to asking the NRWC to help host her webinar series about mental health in rural areas, which wrapped up last month.

In her latest blog, Emma writes from the heart as she tackles to topic of vulnerability, and how we each cope with our own vulnerabilities a little differently. A timely piece as Mental Health Week comes to an end across Australia.


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Meet Cathie Denehy

Rural Women and NRWC Social Media E-Leaders Presenter 2014


The National Rural Women’s Coalition is proud to offer the 2014 Social Media E-Leaders Program to rural, remote and regional women.  Applications are currently open for this amazing 9 week course.  The NRWC is honoured to have Cathie Denehy as the presenter of this program. Cathie lives at Albany in Western Australia and loves living regionally as she gets to really connect with the environment and see its beauty every day and because of technology, her geographic location means nothing to running a successful national and international business.


The NRWC team caught up with Cathie and invited her to share a little more about herself.


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Social Media E-Leaders

Wanted: Social Media Savvy Rural Women

Do you have an idea as to how you might improve your rural community using social media? Apply now for the FREE 2014 E-Leaders Social Media Program.  Apply online at  The program is free and applications close Thursday 25th September.

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Rural Proofing Australia – We all count!


"One third of all Australians live in rural, remote and regional communities and one third of all Australian women live in regional communities. All communities matter,” says Dr Pat Hamilton, Vice President of the National Rural Women’s Coalition.  Whether we live in a regional community or an urban community we all count.


The National Rural Women’s Coalition, in the lead up to the Federal Election is calling for greater consultation with rural, remote and regional communities and consideration of the needs and interests of rural people.


The 2013 National Rural Women’s Summit in February has called for the ‘rural proofing’ of all future government policies and programs, a practice already successfully employed in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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