WOMEN OF WARWICK: What makes us unique?
WITH the bravery to get their hand's dirty, the stamina to stick it out through the tough times and the compassion to support each other no matter what - Warwick women are a bunch that stand out from the rest.
As Queensland Women's Week kicks off, we asked a group of women from the Warwick community to respond to the question 'what makes Warwick women unique'.
Here's what they had to say:
SUE HAMLET, WOMEN OF WARWICK CO-FOUNDER, LIFELINE COMMUNITY EDUCATOR
I think Warwick women are very evolving... they are really responsive to new learning and personal development.
What I have noticed is they really respond to opportunities to grow and learn and a lot of that is about caring for other people and how they do good in their lives.
I was a co-founder of Women of Warwick and one of the things we put out was it was an opportunity to learn from each other... it was real women from around the community sharing their experiences and their skills.
We know so many women in our own area that can teach us a lot. The community recognises they can learn from each other and the small braveries we have in our own lives.
We don't have to be famous to make a difference in someone else's life by sharing out story. So many everyday women in our town have overcome or faced big challenges.
TRACY DOBIE, SOUTHERN DOWNS MAYOR
We are a 'rurban council', so we have the best of both worlds. We have access to opportunities of a rural and urban environment.
We have access to a lot of services in our community, but we are also a long way from specialist medical services and universities, and that means we have to be a bit resilient and imaginative in the way in which we go about achieving what we achieve for ourselves and our families.
MARGARET MILLER OAM, MARGIE'S KITCHEN, LEUKAEMIA FOUNDATION LIFE MEMBER
The young ones appear to be very sports minded. There is a lot of women out there playing touch football and basketball.
Perhaps it is because our district is smaller so it's easier to get to sportsfields and country women are more interested in the outdoors rather than their iPhones.
A lot of the older women like to volunteer... , they are very community minded because we are a smaller community. We've still got our CWA and that's sort of thing, isn't it?!
DONNA NEALE-ARNOLD, RED ROSE HEALING CENTRE & NATURAL THERAPIST
I think out of everywhere that I've ever lived, Warwick women come together under the banner of community in really unique way. In Brisbane that sense of community doesn't exist like it does here.
In Warwick the women all support each others businesses and concepts and I just love that. It's non-competitive and it's a really lovely sense of support that exists here.