Country women take to streets
Hundreds of Country Women’s Association members will make history when they march the streets of Perth on Tuesday, rallying against the McGowan Government’s education cuts.
Not once in its 94-year history has the State’s traditionally conservative CWA held a protest or rally, with the group focusing on helping others in need.
State president Heather Allen, of East Ogilvie, said the Labor Government’s decision to close Moora Residential College, the State’s six camp schools and raid the trust funds of WA’s agricultural colleges had made the group’s large member base angry.
“Our members feel so strongly about this... these agricultural colleges, camp schools and especially Moora Residential College are so important,” she said.
Ms Allen and former CWA State president Sarah Kenny were readying their speeches this week, preparing to address a crowd expected to include WA Education Minister Sue Ellery.
Premier Mark McGowan had not replied to attend the event by Tuesday, and WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan had sent her apologies.
CWA Esperance Bay and Districts president Belinda Lay plans to travel more than 750km from Condingup to attend the rally.
A former Northam Residential College student, Ms Lay said she wanted to stand up for rural families affected by the education cuts.
“I understand the situation that remote and isolated people find themselves in, in regards to accessing the best education for their children,” she said.
The march starts at 1176 Hay Street at noon before a presentation at Parliament House.
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