The Barcoo River rest area on the Landsborough Highway provided a unique setting on Sunday for nearly 100 women from Blackall and Tambo to spread some Mother's Day cheer.
Organised by the CWA branches from each town with funds sourced from the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council Neighbourhood and Community Centres, the joint celebration of womanhood was very well received.
They heard that now, more than ever, women need to have the courage to own their story.
Inspirational speaker Julie Cross told the crowd not to wait to make a difference in life.
"Take the best of you and opportunities will open up," she said as she added her sparkle to the sunny morning on the riverbank.
"Don't wait for the government to give you enough data to get up and go for a walk - give yourself permission."
The region's newest councillor, Jane Scobie, who filled a vacancy left by a resignation, was introduced on the morning and supported by fellow female councillor Pam Pullos, who said it was important to have women voices in the chamber.
"We think differently and our point of view is important," she said to acclaim.
Also representing the Tambo CWA, Cr Pullos said there had been a lot of talk about mental health, mainly about how men were affected, sometimes to the detriment of women who were always busy caring for others and the community.
"We forget to look after ourselves," she said, explaining the reason behind the day. "We believe it's important to highlight the role of women and let you know, we appreciate you."
Part of the caring message was delivered by holistic GP Dr Catherine Bartholomew who had travelled out from Brisbane for a weekend of speaking engagements.
Among the healthcare messages she delivered were the value of a Mediterranean diet, intermittent fasting, zinc deficiencies, and making full use of blood tests to understand your body.
In closing, Blackall CWA representative Frances Calleja reminded the gathering that the only people they could be better than were themselves.
She said it was good to surround each other with strong women who keep their communities progressing.