NSW Rural Women's Gathering
The NSW Rural Women's Gathering is an annual weekend event organised by local committees with support from the Rural Women's Network.
The organising 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.
2016 Women's Gathering
Rocks Rust Stars & Dust, 28-30 October 2016
The countdown is on for the 2016 Gathering event in Broken Hill. So what's behind the theme - Rocks Rust Stars & Dust? Rocks: Broken Hill was built on the world's largest silver, lead and zinc deposit and is still an active mining town. Rust: Broken Hill is the first city in Australia to be included on the National Heritage list due to its outstanding heritage significance to the country. Stars: Broken Hill has amazingly vast open skies! Lay back and gaze into the clear night sky as it twinkles ablaze with millions of stars. Dust: Broken Hill is the real outback! Come and experience our captivating landscapes... dust included free of charge!
The committee promise this is one event not to be missed so make sure you stay up-to-date with what's happening by liking the 2016 Rural Women's Gathering Facebook page and signing up to receive email updates on the event. You can also connect on Twitter @rrsdbrokenhill. If you're not on Facebook you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Broken Hill NSW Rural Women's Gathering website.
Hosting a gathering
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. RWN reviews Gathering submissions annually in April and using a set criteria decide on the host town for the following year. This allows the chosen committee at least 12 months lead time and an opportunity to attend the current year's Gathering. If your community is interested in hosting a Gathering and has a group of committed women, the capacity to host such an event and can demonstrate strong community support, contact RWN to register your interest.
The NSW Women's Gathering Guidelines have been prepared for anyone considering hosting a Women's Gathering. For more information and the submission template, or if you would like to discuss your proposal, contact the Rural Women's Network.
Submissions to host the 2017 Gathering are now closed. Submissions to host the NSW Rural Women's Gathering open on 1 January and close 31 March.
2015 - Glen Innes: Gather in the Glen - Women for all seasons
- 2015 Glen Innes Communique: NSW rural women’s challenges & ideas for action: The NSW Government has demonstrated a strong commitment to working with rural women who are providing leadership that is improving the lives of women in NSW by supporting the annual rural women’s gatherings. The DPI's Rural Women’s Network engaged directly with 350 women participating in 2015 Rural Women’s Gathering at Glen Innes to identify key challenges for rural women in NSW. The 2015 Glen Innes Communique is a record of the conversations collected in the one-hour facilitated workshop session which harnessed the wisdom of gathering participants. It is hoped the wealth of ideas generated from this activity encourages innovation and action across government, industry and the community who all have their role to play in improving the lives of women and families living in rural, regional and remote areas of NSW.
2014 - Coolamon: Heritage with Heart
2013 - Upper Hunter: 25, 26 & 27 October
- Horsin' around the Upper Hunter - A report on the 2013 Gathering.
2012 - Parkes: 12, 13 & 14 October
- Reach, Engage, Achieve, Dream - Parkes Women's Gathering a sensational success, A compilation report by Lynn Rogers (Parkes Committee) and Sonia Muir (RWN)
- Evaluation & Sponsorship Report: 2012 NSW Rural Women's Gathering, Parkes 12-14 October
- Reflections from some of the 2012 NSW Rural Women's Gathering Committee (YouTube video)
- Gloucester Rural Women's Gathering YouTube video
- Friendship and Dreaming Beneath the Bucketts, a report by Emma Regan from the 2011 Gloucester Women's Gathering.
- Wander West to Wentworth, a report by Patty Byrnes from the 2010 Wentworth Women's Gathering.