NSW Governor David Hurley will visit Armidale on April 30 where he will officially open the annual state CWA conference, which is being held at New England Girls School.
Armidale Regional Council mayor Simon Murray will welcome visitors to the event, before guest speakers The Hon John Barilaro MP, Deputy Premier of NSW, and The Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW, take to the stage.
CWA of NSW President, Annette Turner, said Armidale was a great venue for the organisation’s biggest event of the year, and the motions to go before members would encourage some interesting debate.
“There are more than 20 motions this year, and as is the case every year, they cover a wide range of issues, reflecting the diversity of our membership and the communities in which they live,” she said.
Motions include the need for urgent assistance for communities affected by flying fox populations; support for the proposed review and assessment of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan; the need for legal culling of feral deer; and encouragement for all retailers to use containers and bags made from non-plastic materials.
Several motions have also been put forward pushing for more support for those with chronic or terminal illnesses, and their families and caregivers.
“These are important issues and as each motion comes up for debate, there will be many passionate views expressed. The CWA of NSW takes its advocacy role very seriously and many of the successful motions from this conference will shape our lobbying efforts for the year ahead,” Mrs Turner said.
“Our organisation has helped bring about real and meaningful change for communities across rural and regional NSW for decades, and it’s not hard to see why when you see the passion, commitment and determination of our 8000-strong membership.”
Other speakers at this year’s conference include the 2018 winner of the NSW/ACT AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, Jillian Kilby from Dubbo, and financial planning expert Brendan Ryan.
The program commences with a church service on Sunday, April 29, with the official opening from 9.30am on Monday, April 30. The remainder of the program comprises business sessions, workshops, meetings and award ceremonies, with a gala dinner at the Armidale Ex Services Club on Wednesday, May 2.