Eden CWA hosted a special luncheon for statewide CWA representatives at Eden’s CWA hall on Imlay Street today, Monday September 19, as part of the annual two day seminar for the CWA’s State Agricultural and Environment Committee.
SAEC member and event organiser Joy Beames said the idea each year is to showcase a different part of NSW, with Eden the host area for 2016.
“We used to always meet in Sydney because it’s central and easy, but then the CWA decided to do country ones too,” Ms Beames said on Monday.
“Every year the SAEC decides on a flora, fauna or foe (feral animal or plant) issue to focus on - for example the endangered regent honey eater and fireweed – and these two day events are a chance for CWA members across the state to meet up, discuss issues, and decide on legislation we think should be addressed.”
Over 40 CWA statewide members – from afar afield as Sydney, Canberra and Broken Hill – filled Eden’s CWA hall, and were served a delicious lunch of soup, garlic bread and home-made slices.
Eden CWA vice president Patti Hand then invited the attendees to cheers Eden with a tipple of wine, decanted by life member Monica Wood.
“We’re a wine town with a fishing problem,” Ms Hand announced, sending a ripple of laughter through the hall.
Ms Hand said VIPs at the luncheon included NSW state secretary Annie Kiefer, and NSW state president Annette Turner whose husband Barry was the designated driver from their home town near Broken Hill.
“I came for the oysters!” Mr Turner said. “And the ladies, of course.”
After lunch, the CWA reps enjoyed a tour of Eden, including a visit to Broadwater Oysters in Pambula, the Davidson Whaling Station and meeting up with fisheries’ officers from the Department of Primary Industries in Twofold Bay.
The Bega CWA branch will host day two’s lunch tomorrow, Tuesday September 20, as part of their 90th birthday celebrations.