The CWA of NSW annual state conference is being live streamed for the first time this year as around 500 delegates and observers fill several venues in Bega on the Far South Coast.
The organisation's CEO, Danica Leys, from the CWA state office in Sydney, said that although they have been able to go ahead this year after the cancellation of last year's conference due to COVID, they have had to make the conference smaller.
"We've had our number of delegates cut in half due to venue restrictions, but between the Bega Showground and the Bega Civic Centre there are around 500 CWA members," Ms Leys said.
The event will be live streamed to members and observers in the Bega Civic Centre, as well as to members who couldn't come this year.
As the many delegates from around the state arrived and signed in on Sunday, they were welcomed with Bega gift bags and local market stalls set up at the entrance of the showground, which was also open to the general public.
Ms Leys said it had been a great day to start the week-long conference.
"It has been beyond our belief, everyone's just loved it and it's been an excellent day," Ms Leys said.
"We're really glad to be here again, we've got delegates that have travelled from all around and are looking forward to the week ahead."
Robyn Wright OAM from Moruya said there had been lots of people and visitors on the day and she was especially happy to see husbands of CWA members accompanying their wives and taking an interest in what was going on.
"We're very happy and relaxed with the outcome," Ms Wright said.
The markets were open to the general public as well, set up among this were cows made by local schools.
CWA members were encouraged to vote which cow sculptures were their favorite and the winning school would win $500.