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Awarded for service to the Community
Born: 29 November 1947
Entered on roll: 2011
I don’t know what we would do without the CWA … they are the quiet achievers who are the backbone of rural life in Tasmania. They are the unsung heroines who are always there when the going gets tough. (Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Chief Executive Chris Oldfield, 2009)
Elizabeth Clark was born in Launceston on 29 November 1947. She attended Cressy District High School and Launceston Technical College.
Elizabeth has had a long history of service to her community. She has been involved with the Girl Guides, Rural Youth Organisation, Cressy Progress and Improvement Association, Cressy Indoor Bowling Club, Cressy Amateur Swimming Club, Howard Hill Support Group, Cressy Anglican Women’s Fellowship and has been a Sunday School Teacher.
The voluntary work for which she is most well known has been with the Country Women’s Association (CWA). Elizabeth joined the Cressy branch of the CWA in 1982 and since then she has risen through the ranks to serve as State Vice President (2003-2006) and State President (2006-2008).
As a sheep farmer herself, Elizabeth is well aware of the issues faced by the farming community. She has sat on various drought advisory bodies and regularly attends beyondblue workshops held in Tasmania to address issues of depression associated with the drought.
Elizabeth’s activities for the CWA include fund raising for a variety of causes, such as Lymphoedema sufferer support. Elizabeth developed Lymphoedema in the 1980s, which resulted in the amputation of her right hand. She has since learnt to write with her left hand, drive a car and continues to make jam for the CWA shop.
In 2004, Elizabeth was an organising member of the world conference of the Associated Country Women of the World, the largest international organisation for rural women. She was also a Queen’s Baton Relay Runner in the Commonwealth Games of 2006.