Four branches from CWA South West Group were represented among the 600 women at the recent CWA State Conference held in in the Mingara Club at Tumbi Umbi on the Central Coast near Bateau Bay.
The conference, which was held in Cowra last year, started with the Ecumenical Service on Sunday night, May 21.
For the first time, this year there was also be an expo on Sunday prior to the conference commencing, open to anyone who wanted to know more about the CWA.
It featured information and displays on the CWA’s projects, along with specific committee information and the chance to join the CWA.
On Monday morning Aunty Bronwyn Chambers from the Darkinjung Nation did the Welcome to Country before the National Anthem was sung and the Motto read.
State President Annette Turner welcomed all to the conference followed by an address from Central Coast Council administrator Ian Reynolds.
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley then officially opened the conference.
The Tuggerah Lakes Learning Community Koori Choir, entertained the members.
Keynote Speaker Mrs Linda Hurley who finished her speech with a song she has written for CWA.
Other speakers during the conference included former Canowindra resident Ms Donna Rygate from Local Government NSW; Mrs Dorothy Coombe, National CWA President; Mrs Sandra Ireson, winner of the 2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award; Ms Meredith Kay, Breast Screen NSW and; 2016 Farmer of the Year Mr Nick Arena a Director of Tailor Made Fish Farms.
Janice Forster first became sick in early 2002.
She is a one of the many sufferers of Lyme like disease.
She spoke on her journey and was delighted to receive a cheque from CWA for $38,000 which will go to the Murdoch Institution to help Prof Peter Ewin fund more study into this debilitating illness.
World President Ruth Shanks gave an up to date report on all things ACWW. She has been to visit the United Nations.
Congratulations to Jenny Anderson, Canimbla Branch, on her State Award for her beautifully made rabbit.
The 2018 Conference will be held in Armidale.