CWA Coming to Bega by Bus, Coach and Car

Get ready Bega! Four hundred plus Country Women’s Association members are traveling to Bega by bus, coach and car for their 99th annual State Conference. CWA members from around the states of NSW and ACT will start arriving in Bega this week. The Conference is scheduled from Sunday 2nd May, kicking off with a CWA Country Market at Bega Showground from 1pm to 5pm. The local Bega community are invited to attend the market with an opportunity to see the cow cake decorating and school cow sculpture competitions. There will be more than twenty local stalls plus entertainment from busking duo Stitch.

The Riverina, Murray and Darling River CWA groups are traveling in a 42 seater coach. Ann Adams OAM, a member of Oura CWA branch and past Honorary State Secretary, said that members have been traveling to CWA annual conference by coach since the early 1980s and it’s their annual tradition. Ann said “It’s great for friendship, fits all our luggage and there’s plenty of room for the CWA Land Cookery cakes coming for competition.” Most of the Riverina CWA members are staying at South Seas Motel in Merimbula for their week at Conference in Bega. The CWA members from Riverina, have arranged their own tour of Bega Valley, so watch out for a coachful of visiting CWA women. Along the way CWA members will be visiting the Snowy Mountains Discovery Centre in Cooma.

Iris Barry from North Star CWA branch on the NSW/QLD border maybe travelling the longest distance to get to CWA Conference in Bega. Its over 1,000 kilometres from North Star to Bega, which will be more than a twelve hour drive in the CWA Yetman minibus. The five CWA members in their minibus are planning to drive via Dubbo.

Narelle Gotting of Bonalbo CWA branch will be joined by three other CWA members from the Far North Coast travelling by car. Narelle said they are excited to be visiting the Bega Valley region and are going to the Narooma Oyster Festival on Saturday 1st May just prior to attending the CWA Conference.

The local Bega Conference organising committee are ready for our CWA guests. The Bega Showground Pavilion will be set-up and decorated in country style ready for 285 delegates. The Bega Civic Centre is ready for the Observers who will watch the Conference live streamed. The Seventh Day Adventist Church Hall will showcase the CWA Land Cookery competition and the Uniting Church Hall will exhibit the State Handicraft competition. Best days for Bega locals to visit the CWA Land Cookery and State Handicraft are Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th May anytime from 9am to 5pm. Handicraft display is also open Monday 3rd May from 11.30am to 5pm.

For more information on the CWA State Conference, please contact the Conference Committee Secretary, Lynn Lawson by email

Above: Riverina Group of Country Women’s Association at their Women Walk the World event this week. Many of these CWA members will be boarding the 42 seat coach to Bega CWA State Conference.