Around 800 Country Women's Association members from across NSW and the ACT will descend on Bega in 2021 for their state conference.
In great news for the region announced this week, the town will play host to the large number of delegates in early May next year for the five-day annual conference.
The conference will be held in the historic Bega Showground in order to have a real country feel for CWA members and their guests. It's understood most members will stay in the Bega, Tathra and Merimbula triangle to be close to the venue.
As part of the proceedings there will be a gala dinner and bush dance, with Ian McNamara - better known as "Macca" - and his Australian bush band playing.
Far South Coast Group CWA office bearers, Helen Galton OAM, Lynn Lawson, Alison Jenkins and Robyn Wright OAM, presented a written submission to CWA of NSW to select Bega, "the country heart of the Sapphire Coast", as the location for the conference.
Helen, Lynn, Alison, Robyn, together with other CWA members Nelleke Gorton, Sue Hall, Vicki Hummel and Annette Kennewell have now formed a committee to help coordinate and organise the conference.
The CWA conference committee members are all CWA members from across the Far South Coast region including Bega, Pambula-Merimbula, Cobargo, Bermagui, Tilba and Moruya branches.
The committee members recently toured the Bega showground with manager Charlie Bell to become familiar with the facilities.
The committee members are now busily planning conference requirements including timelines, accommodation and bus transport, raffle prizes for fundraising, catering, enlisting volunteers for their help, local tours plus loads more.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our spectacular Far South Coast region following the drought, fires and COVID-19," Helen Galton, president of the FSCG CWA said.
"We look forward to working with the community and businesses for a successful conference."