The organising Committee for NSW Rural Women's Gathering held their first meeting for 2020 this week.
The Committee makes key decisions, develops a theme and the weekend program. Each Gathering reflects the unique culture, industry, tourism and environment of the host community.
Women's Gatherings are for all rural women including: farming women; Aboriginal women; women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; mining women; women in the fishing industry; women who live in regional cities, towns and villages; and coastal women.
Gatherings are a well established annual statewide community event for all rural women.
We are thrilled to be hosting the 2020 Gathering in Forbes between 23 -25 October.
We are pleased to have the basic framework for the event in place and fortunate to be working with the Forbes Business Chamber to bring together our Friday evening Welcome Dinner in Templar Street.
We are pleased to be holding our Saturday evening Gala Dinner at the Forbes Golf Club, with the day's proceedings being held at Forbes Services Club.
Sunday's events are being held at Carrawobitty Homestead. We are thrilled to be able to showcase the beautiful grounds on our final day.
We are also running a partners program incorporating the Australian National Field Days at Orange. Our choice of date for the Gathering was done deliberately to make the best use of the event.
The Gathering is an opportunity for women of all ages to participate in workshops, listen to inspirational speakers and leave refreshed.
Research by Social Ventures Australia found that Rural Women's Gatherings aren't only great for rural women they are also great for rural economies. The research found that the 2014 Rural Women's Gathering in Coolamon injected over $230,000 into the local economy and that for every dollar invested in the event approximately $2.20 of social and economic value was created and rural women felt more connected, inspired and empowered.
The Rural Women's Network is responsible for ensuring the Women's Gathering moves around the State and that committees have broad community support and the capacity to host the event.
We are looking forward to showcasing Forbes and surrounding areas during the three days of the Gathering.
Our Gathering website is currently under development, but updates can be found on facebook at @ForbesRWG2020 or instagram at nswrwg2020Forbes.