Call to Host 2021 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering

Regional and rural communities across NSW are being encouraged to nominate to host the 2021 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering.

Deputy Director General of Engagement and Industry Assistance for the NSW Department of Primary Industries Brett Fifield said Women’s Gatherings are a great opportunity for regional and rural communities to showcase their unique attractions to a new and diverse audience.

“Women are without doubt the backbone of our towns and cities in the bush, the chance to have an entire group of women from across the state descend on your community is an exciting opportunity,” he said.

Mr Fifield said the Women’s Gathering weekends are organised by the host community for all rural women across the state supported by guidance and training from the NSW DPI’s Rural Women’s Network .

“Local committees make key decisions; develop a theme and the weekend program to reflect the culture, industry, tourism and environment unique to their community,” Mr Fifield said.

“There is no denying our regional and rural communities have done it tough of late with widespread drought conditions exacerbated by recent extremes including devastating bushfires and then flooding for some areas of the state.

“What better way to celebrate survival, recovery and resilience by putting your hand up and showing the women of NSW just what’s special about your part of NSW?

“Previous events have provided a real injection of funds and life into sometimes struggling communities.”

Mr Fifield said 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.

“They provide an opportunity for women to meet with other women who may share similar issues, interests, goals and dreams,” he said.

“If you have a group of committed women, the capacity to host such an event and can demonstrate community support please read the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering Guidelines and then contact the RWN to register your interest and to receive the submission template.”

The RWN will provide the successful Gathering Committee with a comprehensive event kit and face-to-face committee/governance training to help you plan a successful event.

They are also available to assist with any issues or concerns that may arise during the planning of a Gathering and can provide advice, support and information and contacts from past gathering committees.

Submissions to host the 2021 Gathering close 30 April 2020.

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