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Serious Planning Continues for the CWA of NSW State Conference in Bega

The local organising committee for the next CWA of NSW State Conference, in Bega next May, enjoyed morning tea at our recent meeting. Lynn Lawson of Cobargo CWA made her famous Gin and Tonic Cheesecake and Sue Hall of Bega CWA baked a traditional Pound Cake. Both were delicious but as CWA members are “more than tea and scones” we spent most of the day on serious planning.   

The most important discussion was ‘Will the Conference go ahead next May with current government COVID-19 restrictions for large gatherings?’ The committee concluded that “We are planning that it WILL go ahead, but we won’t know for certain until early 2021”. With NSW not reporting a single locally acquired case of COVID-19 in the last week, the committee are feeling confident and optimistic the Conference will take place. 

Nelleke Gorton of Bega CWA is continuing her focus on conference catering and has had discussions with Bega Hospital Auxiliary about lunches, plus Bega & Tathra Lions Clubs regarding BBQ options.

Jars of biscuits will be provided for visiting CWA members, baked by local Far South Coast Branches, from Batemans Bay to Eden.  There was a lively discussion on what to call them! Options of ‘Cookie Jar’ (American), ‘Biccie Jar’ (Aussie culture but a little informal) and ‘Biscuit Barrel’ (nice but a biscuit barrel is different shape and lid) were considered before agreeing on ‘Biscuit Jar’.  Sometimes the obvious choices are the best.

Vicki Hummel of Bermagui CWA outlined options for table layouts and decorations for the Conference Bush Dance. Helen Galton of Bega CWA is booking entertainment for the Bush Dance. Alison Jenkins of Pambula-Merimbula CWA and Robyn Wright of Moruya CWA are finalising the printing of the conference raffle tickets which will be available to purchase soon.

Annette Kennewell of Tilba CWA has been in discussions with Bega Council to minimize waste at the Conference. Cobargo Scouts will help with sorting waste into landfill, recycling and FOGO bins at Bega Showground. Bega Guides will help with Return & Earn drink containers. Annette is also continuing to work on the CWA bus tours to ensure visiting CWA members experience our unique Sapphire Coast region from Bermagui to Eden. We are planning tours that include cheese and/or oyster tasting in Bega, Tathra, Pambula and Central Tilba. 

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

Above: Lynn Lawson from CWA Cobargo branch, pictured with the last piece of her delicious gin and tonic cheesecake. Lynn a self-described compulsive note taker, is the Secretary for the local organising committee for the CWA of NSW State Conference in Bega in May 2021

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