27 October, 2022
Gulargambone ladies celebrate International Rural Women’s Day
Sixteen local Gulargambone ladies celebrated a very impromptu lunch on Friday, October 14, in honour of International Rural Women’s Day.
The lunch was held
at two eight two eight café over the course of two hours
with young mothers arriving along with grandmothers
and even great grandmothers in attendance.
On arrival ladies were greeted with a large cheese
board and mingled until lunch was served. Battered fish
fillets with a garden salad followed by white chocolate
and baileys pannacotta topped with berries and shaved
chocolate, served with coffee.
Due to short notice, a guest speaker was not secured
so after the meal, the informal gathering was tasked
with impromptu short answer questions set for each
lady to speak from their personal perspectives. Very topical since COVID-19 relaxation of restrictions
is the relocation of people into the regions and our
area has enjoyed its share of newcomers.
One of our
guests and visitor to Gulargambone; who at the time
was caretaking the Gulargambone Caravan Park, was
Liz Chauvier. She spoke to the topic of new arrivals to
the regions and unequivocally urged - it is our responsibility
to help assimilate new visitors into the social fabric
of our communities.
She said “Lucky me being invited to the
International Rural Women’s Day lunch at Gulargambone.
From my perspective as a visitor, the ladies gathered
at café 2828, displayed perfectly how to welcome
a newcomer to their midst. I thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship
and listening to the ladies’ thoughts on the topics
provided. The diversity of ages and their easy camaraderie
“Australian country hospitality has evolved over
time to be a strong force for the community, and this
lends itself to absorb the newcomer. The women take it
upon themselves to organise and embrace the social life
of their town.
“If only these wonderful Australian customs could
become commonplace in all communities both city and
country. Rural women are indeed the mortar that binds
their community together”.
Further conversation on this topic arose when local
farmer Pauline McIsaac discussed how newcomers
would utilise the local library services, which presented
an opportunity for library volunteers to invite them for
coffee and a chat.
Café lessee Nicole Morris raised the matter of the
Lions Club’s welcoming newcomers at the annual community
barbeque. This barbeque; while not being well
patronised by locals in the past, it was agreed this is
indeed an opportunity we all need to embrace in order
to meet and broaden the welcome into our community
for these newcomers.
It was a lovely occasion with everyone agreeing we should have these gatherings more often. It just so happens that International Women’s Day arrives on March 8, 2023, so it is likely a similar gathering will be planned however, with a little more preparation than just five days’ notice.