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CWA of NSW CEO visits Bega for Conference Planning

Danica Leys the Chief Executive Officer for CWA of NSW and her Executive Assistant Jackie Camiller visited Bega on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th October to continue planning for the Country Women’s Association of NSW State Conference in May 2021. Helen Galton OAM the President of the local CWA Conference Organising Committee, hosted Danica and Jackie for their visit to Bega. A top priority for Danica was meeting Charlie Bell and Peter Coulton of Bega Showground management team. Danica & Jackie spent several hours at the Bega Showground confirming where all aspects of the CWA Conference would be located.

Danica then met John McVeity, a local sound expert, at the Showground to discuss the conference sound requirements. Another local, John Carter also met Danica to discuss building and supplying a temporary stage for CWA members in the main Showground pavilion. 

The State CWA Conference will include many displays by focus areas such as Land Cookery, Handicraft, International, Agricultural & Environmental, Cultural and Social Issues, Publicity and Advocacy. In addition to the Bega Showground, the CWA Conference will also utilise several Bega Churches and Halls. Danica and Jackie took the opportunity to view the Seventh Day Adventist Church and Hall, the Resonate Church and Hall, and the Uniting Church.

Another highlight of Danica’s visit to Bega was a meeting at Bega Valley Shire Council with the new Mayor, Councillor Russell Fitzpatrick. The Mayor was delighted to meet Danica and Jackie, and he is looking forward to welcoming CWA members to Bega for their conference next year.

During her visit, Danica met with Bega accommodation managers, Justin and Raelene of Bega Village Motor Inn, and Louise of Bega Downs Motor Inn, to view their rooms. The CWA anticipates hundreds of members from throughout NSW and ACT will need accommodation in Bega and the local region for the weeklong conference.

Danica and Jackie also met with the local CWA organising committee to discuss progress. At this meeting Nelleke Gorton of Bega CWA organised a delicious selection of nibbles, to showcase local produce.

Topics discussed at this meeting included local market stalls, finance, the bush dance, lunch  and dinner caterers, raffle tickets, sponsorship, cleaning and volunteers. Danica and Jackie returned to Sydney impressed with the excellent planning progress for the 2021 CWA State Conference in Bega.

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

Above: L to R: CWA of NSW State Conference committee members, Nelleke Gorton, Danica Leys CEO CWA of NSW, Sue Hall, Alison Jenkins, Vicki Hummel, Helen Galton OAM, Robyn Wright OAM and Lynn Lawson.    

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