CWA State Conference is Going Ahead in Bega this May

The local organising committee are pleased to report that plans are to proceed with 2021 Country Women’s Association of NSW state conference in Bega from Sunday 2nd May to Friday 6th May. President of the local conference organising committee Helen Galton said “To date we are expecting four hundred visitors in Bega for our CWA conference week. The CWA are coming to our town!”

Covid-safe conditions will be in place for the CWA Conference. Each CWA branch is entitled to one conference delegate for the 2021 CWA Annual General Meeting and one observer. The conference delegates will meet in the Bega Showground Pavilion. The conference observers will view the AGM proceedings as a live stream at the Bega Civic Centre.

During the Conference CWA members may visit Bega town centre cafes & restaurants for their lunch. Delegates and observers also have the option of lunch packs provided on-site at Bega Showground by Bega & Tathra Hospital Auxiliaries or a Barbecue lunch provided by Bega Lions. Nelleke Gorton who is coordinating the food for the CWA Conference said “We are so lucky our region offers fresh local produce including my favourite the delicious Ploughman’s Lunch with Bega Cheese.”

Local CWA Conference tours are available for members with their family & friends who travel to conference with members. With the Conference only six weeks away, bookings for the tours are beginning to fill. There are three tours including Bega/Tathra, Central Tilba/Bermagui, and Eden/Pambula. CWA tour coordinator Annette Kennewell said “The tours will showcase the stunning scenery of our Sapphire Coast and Bega Valley with options for tasting our local produce including cheese, oysters, beer & cider.”

How can the community of Bega Valley and Eurobodalla get involved with the CWA State Conference? Buy a CWA State Conference Raffle ticket to help with fundraising. Raffle tickets are available online at or from your local CWA branch. First prize in the CWA State Conference Raffle is $1,000 cash, 2nd prize is a KitchenAid donated by Betta Electrical Bega, 3rd prize is a Pandora bracelet donated by Georgies Fine Jewellery, 4th prize is set of 2 suitcases, & 5th prize is $200 Visa card.

Visit the Local Market organised for visiting CWA members and our Bega community on Sunday 2nd May from 1pm to 5pm at Bega Showgrounds. Stall holders confirmed include Mystery Bay Kelp, Johanna Weiss with her artwork on linen, Jody Vassallo with her cookbook Farmer and Brave-Bottomed Wombat children’s book, Three Fat Ladies with their delicious regional food, Eden Preserves, Tilba Real Dairy, Paul West with his cookbook & growing guide The Edible Garden, Za’s Coffee Van & Bega Girl Guides.

The community of Bega and surrounds are also invited to visit the CWA State Land Cookery and Handicraft competition exhibitions. The CWA Land Cookery exhibition will be on display at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 31 Upper Street, Bega. The CWA State Handicraft exhibition will be on display at The Uniting Church & Hall, 125 Gipps Street, Bega.

Lynn Lawson, Secretary of local Conference organising committee said “A reminder that all Bega Valley & Eurobodalla schools are invited to participate in the Make a Cow competition and everyone is invited to enter our Cow Cake Decorating competition.”

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

Above: Marjorie MacKnight & Alison Jenkins both of CWA Pambula-Merimbula branch with their prize winning Sponge cakes at CWA Far South Coast Group Land Cookery day in Bermagui on 9th March. Alison will bake her 1st place Sponge for the CWA State Land Cookery competition in Bega.