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QCWA’s RFH on Gregory makes the Gold List of Australian Accommodation

Local motel RFH on Gregory has been listed on Star Ratings Australia’s Gold List of Australian Accommodation, making it one of the best accommodation providers in the country.

The Star Ratings Gold List showcases the best of the best in each Capital city, RFH on Gregory was awarded No 6 on the Gold List for 3.5 star properties in Brisbane City.

The Gold List of Australian Accommodation compiles reviews of Star Rated properties from hundreds of websites including Expedia, Facebook, and Google to find the best accommodation as rated by travellers.

It includes six categories of accommodation: hotels, hosted accommodation, self-catering, motels, caravan-holiday parks and serviced apartments, which are listed nationally as well as by state, capital city and region to allow travellers to find the best accommodation, anywhere in the country.

“We always aim to provide an exceptional experience for our Guest so we were thrilled to be included on the Gold List. RFH on Gregory supports the work of the Queensland Country Women’s Association therefore we hope that our Guests and members will recommend us to their friends and families and visitors will feel confident that we will exceed their expectations when they stay with us,” said manager, Karen Gibbs

Michael Reed, CEO, of Star Ratings Australia comments, “What makes the Gold List unique is that Star Ratings Australia doesn’t just look at traveller ratings on one website but collects data from multiple sources. The Gold List showcases Australia’s Star Rated properties that provide an exceptional guest experience.”

“Australian travellers can trust that anyone featured in the Gold List will almost always exceed their expectations,” Michael Reed adds.

To view the full Gold List please visit:

For more information please contact RFH on Gregory on 07 3026 1201 or email us at


Greater Brisbane Catering Committee gives the gift of Christmas

As a contributor to the Police Commissioners Gift Drive Fund the QCWA Greater Brisbane Catering Committee representatives were invited to the Atrium at Police Headquarters on Monday 12th December where Sue Baillie received a gift of thanks from the Organising Committee.   The Queensland Police Service Choir entertained those present with traditional Christmas Carols before and after the gift giving.  The children were tremendously excited to meet Santa.  After the gift giving we were invited to a lovely morning tea where we could mingle with families.  A most enjoyable and rewarding experience for the Greater Brisbane Catering Committee.

Have a look at a few more of the festive photos here.

By Sylvia Raper


QCWA helps the Royal Flying Doctors Service

QCWA donate to the Royal Flying Doctors Service

The QCWA has long acknowledged the need for such medical services as the Royal Flying Doctors Service. As one of the largest aeromedical organisations in the world, the RFDS provide extensive primary health care and 24 hour emergency services to those who live and work throughout Australia.

As pioneers for community service and engagement, the QCWA have always acknowledged what a crucial role the RFDS has played in their communities across Queensland. Beginning in 1980 the QCWA took this further with the introduction of the State External Appeal, a state wide program where members were encouraged to raise funds for a specific state wide program or charity. The first external appeal was for the RFDS and it has been supported every year since.

Every year at the Annual State Conference, QCWA State Executive present a cheque to a representative of the RFDS for the total sum of fundraising done that year. Over the last few years this amount has accumulated to $11,236.65 with $4511.95 donated this year.

Due to scheduling conflicts the RFDS were not able to attend State Conference this year however State Executive where able to meet with Janine Gardner on Tuesday to present the cheque.


Gregory Branch is all set to make the most out of 2017

QCWA’s Gregory Branch is ready to hit the ground running in 2017!

Branch secretary, Annie Backhaus says “We have a lot of projects lined up for next year and many of us are eagerly awaiting the publishing and printing of the “Gulf Women” book, which will bring our area into the national spotlight.

So far next year we hope to bring to the women of our area -:

  • Qld Women’s Week Healthy High Tea and Pampering Afternoon – recognising the awesomeness of the women in our area. (March)
  • Hat Making Workshop (April)
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Doomadgee raising awareness and providing coping skills around Domestic and Family Violence (May)
  • The 55th Horse Sports and Family Fun Day

along with our regular events and meetings.

In an area where it takes some of our members 2 hours to get to a meeting due to the sheer distance between us, we are really proud to be a strong, proactive branch that not only talks the talk but walks the walk – representing country women in Queensland.”

If you live in the area or are just passing through and would like to meet the ladies of this dynamic Branch, the first meeting next year will be held on Saturday 11th March 2017 – wet season willing!


QCWA celebrates joy of giving this Christmas

Sunshine Coast Daily
20th November 2016 5:16 AM
by Melanie Keyte

NEVER ones to sit still for long, the Bli Bli branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association are gearing up for a holiday season based on giving.

Under their motto of “giving in kind”, a dozen determined ladies have been assembling hampers of toiletries, non-perishable foods, children’s toys and other Christmas necessities for homeless and women’s shelters in the area.

They’ve also been packaging sewing kits for women in Papua New Guinea in second-hand glasses cases, and are planning to host a garage sale on December 3 to raise funds for the year ahead.
Branch secretary Judy Dalgleish said their focus over the coming festive season was the act of giving.

“I think it’s giving that holds the community together,” she said.

“That’s what makes us a community and makes us people.”

Long-time member Esme also said the holidays were often a time of loneliness for many people, but it didn’t have to be that way.


“There’s no need to be lonely when we have groups such as the QCWA,” she said.

“We reckon we’re pretty strong women, but your preparations [for the likelihood of tragedy] are never enough.

“There’s always somebody who’s there to listen to you.”

Plenty is promised to be on offer at the garage sale, which will be held at 2/1 Cottonwood St, Mudjimba from 7am until noon.

Ms Dalgleish said funds raised will be contributed to the group’s kitty for “whenever we hear of someone doing it tough” in 2017.


Mount Isa officially establish a QCWA branch in the community

By Samantha Walton

QUEENSLAND Country Woman’s Association (QCWA) officially formed an independent branch in Mount Isa on Tuesday October 11.

After reopened as a sub-branch in April 2016, QCWA Copper City Mount Isa has found its feet again after closing 18 months ago.

A general meeting was held to establish the branch under the watchful eye of QCWA North Western Division international officer, Naomi Douglas.

The meeting was conducted by community member, Kim Coghlan, as nominations were called for the position of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and international officer.

With one nomination for each position, Judy Martyr was elected as president, Moniqua Gorman was elected for vice president, Amy Ryder was elected as secretary, Yasmin Graffin was elected as treasurer. The position of international officer was not filled.

BRANCHING OUT: Secretary Amy Ryder, vice president Moniqua Gorman and president Judy Martyr. Photo: Samantha Walton.
President, Judy Martyr, said the North Western Division and the branch were both excited.

“I am happy to see the Copper City Mount Isa Branch grow and become a well established organisation in the community,” Ms Martyr said.

“Since reopening as a sub-branch we have gained 26 financial members which has assisted with our growth to a branch. We have worked really hard to get the branch formed and approved by the North Western Division.

“After the branch closed, we were able to open a sub-branch but this was run by the division. It was up to them to decide that we were committed to establishing the QCWA branch in the community again.”

QCWA Copper City Mount Isa have some fundraisers in the works to raise funds to refurbish the QCWA hall.

On November 26 QCWA will host a Christmas Cents Sale and draw the raffle for $10,000 prize money.

“The money from fundraising will help us paint the interior and exterior of the QCWA hall and a new kitchen,” Ms Martyr said.

If anyone is interested in joining the QCWA Copper City Mount Isa  the next meeting will be held at QCWA hall on Isa Street, Saturday October 22, 2pm . 


Crochet Teacup


You can’t get more QCWA then by making yourself a Crocheted Teacup for a party decoration! Check out what the talented ladies at Collinsville Branch created for their Mad Hatter Tea Party. Have a look at all their wonderful photos showcasing the event on their Facebook Page and don’t forget to download the instructions to make your very own Crocheted Teacup here.

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QCWA Cooking at the Ekka

By The Great South East

The Queensland Country Women’s Association has had a long and delicious connection to the Brisbane Ekka. Since 1922, the QCWA has manned a refreshment room at the Show – a tradition interrupted only twice, first by the outbreak of war and then because of renovations. The ladies who run the Refreshment Room, underneath the John McDonald Stand of the main arena, bake hundreds of scones daily on-site to meet the demand for traditional Devonshire Teas – up to 10,000 scones over the ten days of the show.

QCWA ladies are also well represented as competitors in the Cooking & Baking category of the Ekka’s Fine Arts competition. Last year, around 180,000 people visited the Fine Arts Pavilion to see the cakes, pickles, jams, scones and biscuits on show. On average, the RNA receives 850 entrants – this year they’re expecting close to 1,000.

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Girl Guides Are Raising Funds For The QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund

Girl guides GaugeGirl Guides Queensland (GGQ) is partnering with the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) to assist our sisters and their families in drought affected areas.

The goal is to raise $30,000 from their various fundraising avenues, including the sale of those delicious Girl Guide cookies. This is part of their State Good Turn 2016.

Thank you Girl Guides, we appreciate all of your efforts and hard work!

For more information please visit the Girl Guides website

Baked Goods

Modern-day CWA: Young inner-city professionals keep long-running women’s group alive

By Jessica Hinchliffe at 612 ABC Brisbane

Meet a different kind of CWA group from inner-city Brisbane where members are solicitors and accountants by day and CWA members by night. The Brisbane City Night branch is bringing city women together for more than just scones and tea.

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