The Emerald Hill branch of the CWA featured strongly at the recent CWA state conference winning several awards and sponsoring a successful motion for 24 hour policing in rural areas.

The conference, held in Coffs Harbour, attracted 440 delegates from 211 branches with Emerald Hill being represented by vice president Shirley Urquhart.

The branch triumphed with its annual cultural book – a publication of cultural endeavours and achievements by branch members – collated by member Nicola Plevey.

Emerald Hill’s motion that the CWA of NSW advocate for the immediate action of the NSW government to establish 24 hour policing in all larger rural and remote shires was passed with a large majority after 30 minutes of debate.

The vice president took to the floor several times to promote the motion which followed a discussion panel on rural crime at the conference that featured Gunnedah shire mayor Jamie Chaffey.

The successful motion will now be put to the state government for consideration.

The Emerald Hill branch, which has 14 active members, was also successful in winning four art prizes with work by Mrs Urquhart.

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