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Rural Women's Gathering

Thursday, 11th March, 2010

* Councillors Darriea Turley (far left) and Christine Adams (far right) with Wentworth Rural Women's Gathering publicity officer, Chris Larwood. * Councillors Darriea Turley (far left) and Christine Adams (far right) with Wentworth Rural Women's Gathering publicity officer, Chris Larwood.

For only the second time in its 18 year history, an annual weekend event for women who live in rural NSW will be held in the far west later this year. Hundreds of women from across the State are expected to attend the three-day Wentworth Rural Women's Gathering in October. Spokeswoman Chris Larwood said the gathering was about bringing together women who shared a common link - the fact they all live in rural NSW - for a fun-filled weekend away.

While the gathering moves to a different location each year, it generally remains on, or relatively close to, the east coast. "It's been in the western division once before," said Ms Larwood, who lives on a property 70km north of Wentworth, which won the right to host the event last year."We've been working on this for 12 months."

Activities will range from food and wine tasting to tours, workshops and forums, according to Ms Larwood, who said women of all ages were welcome to attend. "They'll all find they will enjoy it." She said there would even be activities for men, who were also welcome to attend.

Labor councillor Darriea Turley said that Wentworth provided the ideal opportunity for women in the area to attend the popular gathering. "I'd encourage all women to have a weekend at Wentworth," she said. Clr Turley said that City Council would investigate hosting the gathering in the future.

"Not only does it bring 400 women it also brings their partners and kudos." However, Ms Larwood said that it could be "quite a while" before the gathering makes it back to the far west.

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