29 May, 2023
Gilgandra CWA News - May 16, 2023
State AGM held at Bathurst, hears of rural alcohol issues By Hilda Newstead
The CWA recently held their 101st
annual general meeting in Bathurst, starting
with an interfaith service held at the
Cathedral of St Michael’s and St John,
on the evening of Sunday, May 7.
Following the welcome by parish
priest, Father Paul Devitt, others in attendance
included, James Hodson from All
Saints Anglican Cathedral; Margaret
Anderson from the Baha’I’ Assembly;
and Imran Said Enayat from the Al
Sahabah Mosque at Kelso.
The service started with CWA NSW
state president, Joy Beames, leading
everyone in the CWA Prayer with music
support by Dianne O’Sullivan of the
Music Ministry of the Catholic Diocese
Bathurst in what was a very moving service.
The interfaith money collection, was
later donated to Centacare Bathurst’s and
Official opening of the conference
was then held on the Monday at Bathurst
Memorial Entertainment Centre on the
theme, “Courage, Kindness, Strength”
with the official party processional led
by the Scotts All Saints Pipes and Drum
Band followed by a Welcome to
Country by Aunty Gloria Rogers, the
Australian National Anthem, CWA
Anthem, and CWA Motto.
There was then a special welcome by
Bathurst mayor, councillor Robert
Taylor, and a performance by the Allegri
Keynote speaker for the event was the
distinguished CEO, founder, and creator,
of the national charity, “Sober in the
Country” — and 2022 “Australian of the
Year Local Hero” — Shanna Whan.
Shanna is an established national
advocate, speaker, and presenter, who
has single-handedly created radical
social impact and change around how we
discuss and use alcohol in rural
This was a very powerful presentation
on a topic which needs to be
This was followed by the state president’s address and the official party led out by piper, Roger Buck, and the conclusion of a wonderful first day of the 2023 state conference.