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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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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What is the impact on women in disaster affected areas in Australia?

Community Forum – You are invited!


Are you aware of the impacts of disaster on women?


Have you experienced them?


Do you think government and emergency services and disaster relief agencies are aware of the economic impacts of emergencies and disasters on women?


Hosting the event are two National Women’s Alliances – economic Security4Women (eS4W) and the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC).


“We are aware of the significant contributions women make to the preparation for and management of emergencies and are also aware of the toll this takes on them. In 2012 eS4W and Justice Equality Rights Access (JERA) International came to South East Queensland, talked to women about the impact of the 2011 floods and reported back to the Australian Government” said Sally Jope of eS4W.


“With our sister alliance, eS4W is now inviting the communities of the Lockyer Valley and surrounds to hear about the actions we have taken based on that earlier research and to make sure our future advocacy reflects the experiences of women who have been affected by disasters”.


“NRWC is already talking to government about improved ways to prepare for and respond to disasters, to more effectively take advantage of the resources women bring to these disaster situations. Both alliances have also sent reports to the Productivity Inquiry into Disaster Funding” said President of the NRWC, Pat Hamilton.  


“We know that women do the greater amount of unpaid care work in the family as well as in the community, and that this increases during and after a disaster. We also know that this crowds out the time women have available for paid work. This is during a time when families in particular need extra cash, when the local economies need their workers and when women could be increasingly engaged in rebuilding and post disaster projects”.


The community event follows on from a roundtable discussion held at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra in June, 2014. Details of this event can be found in this report. 

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Please Meet Pat Hamilton

New President Takes the Helm at National Rural Women’s Coalition

Former Secondary School Principal and sheep farmer from South Australia, Dr. Pat Hamilton has taken over the reins as the President of the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC), following the organisation’s recent AGM in Canberra.


Dr. Hamilton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role, and we had a quick catch up with Dr Hamilton to find out more about this inspiring mentor and leader to many rural women and associated organisations.



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Paving a New Career Path in the Bush.

Dreams, Droving and Al Mabin Photography

The NRWC is excited to be launching our new blog – a space we can share our stories, photos and videos.  The NRWC team will be aiming to post something new and fresh each month to help keep you informed about events, issues and topics close to our hearts, and hopefully yours.  We want our blog to be enjoyable, informative and relevant so we invite you to send us any topics you’d like to discuss, or even write about yourself.  We want to use this platform to give a voice to women living and working in rural, regional and remote parts of the country.


First up this month, author Alice Mabin shares her exciting adventure on a cattle drove from Winton Queensland to Hay NSW last year and how she has put her experiences into her self-published book.  And while you’re visiting our blog spot, why not check out the NRWC website while you’re here?

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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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