Sue Armstrong - “Core of my Heart, my Country!”

A Tale of Flood, Fire and Drought


Sue Armstrong is a 68 year old grandmother of six. She and her husband Brian farm cattle, sheep and crops in the Central West of NSW and in this blog, she shares her story of floods, fire and drought in rural Australia.

Sue has a background in media, having worked in radio for many years. She is a volunteer Lifeline Counsellor, secretary of her local CWA, secretary of the local Landcare group and Publicity Officer of her local Show Society.

Sue enjoys patchwork & sewing, reading, spinning, weaving, reading and writing.

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Ross Romeo and CORES: About Helping Mates and Eliminating Suicide

"Going along to the CORES session didn’t bring my mate back, nor did it take away the pain of his loss, but it did answer some of my questions".

Ross Romeo is the Queensland Coordinator for Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES), a qualified counsellor and school chaplain.  He lives in the regional centre of Ayr, about an hour south of Townsville in North Queensland. Coming from a farming background, Ross has a unique insight into rural, regional and remote communities and this issues facing them.  In his blog, he shares with us his very personal story about coping with a mate’s suicide and how he became involved in the CORES program.

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Reform of Federation and Rural Health

Rural Health Advocate Irene Mills AM Shares Her Wisdom


Reforming the Australian Federation has been put under the spotlight by our Federal Government. But what does “reforming” look like? To answer this, the Government has commissioned a White Paper on the Reform of Federation, which will examine and explore issues associated with getting all levels of government to work together better, across a number of key areas, one of which is health.


It’s hoped the White Paper will clarify the roles and responsibilities of our local, State and Territory governments and possibly identify areas where duplication of services and waste can be reduced, if not eliminated – all while acknowledging the sovereignty of the States and Territories.


Health, of course, is a significant talking point for the White Paper, and an issues paper titled ‘Roles and Responsibilities in Health’  was released in December last year,  providing some key areas for further consideration.


In her blog, long term rural health advocate and NRWC Director from Western Australia, Mrs Irene Mills AM shares her thoughts on some of these and what they might mean for people living in rural and remote Australia.  


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Passion………… and The 7 P’s of Political Advocacy

Are you ready to own your authority and step up and let your voice be heard?

Are you a rural and remote woman who is passionate about making a difference and who knows what you want for you, your community or industry however are not sure what how your voice can be heard by the political decision makers that need to know?  In this blog post, the Program Manager for the National Rural Women’s Coalition, Karen Tully would like to share her top seven tips for personal contact advocacy that can really make a difference. 



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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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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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