Country Women's Association State Council 2016 | PHOTOS, VIDEO

BORDERTOWN was on show this week with over 140 women from across the State in town for the CWA State Country Council meeting.

This is the first year Bordertown has hosted the conference, which was held in the Bordertown Football Club rooms on March 9-10.

State president Linda Bertram said this year it was exciting to have four new branches join the cohort.

“The council meeting was very invigorating, we’ve had excellent debate and members have come from all across the State,” she said.

“We hold three State Council meetings a year and this one in March is always held in a different region and this year we are thrilled to be in Bordertown.

“We’ve had three new branches open over the past month, the Ligurian ladies in Kingscote, a Bremer Valley branch meeting at Brukunga and one at Two Wells, as well as evening branch called the Bottlebrush ladies in Gawler.

“We are having a resurgence in the CWA with younger women wanting to join.

“They are doing a lot of the traditional things but they are also bringing new ideas, which is exciting for our association to take us forward into the future.”

Members and their partners toured the Tatiara over the two days visiting local industries, enterprises and sporting clubs.

Coordinator for the meeting and president of the Bordertown CWA branch Rosalie Crocker said the conference was a great way to showcase regional SA.

“The country council is a great way to bring people together and let ladies from the city out to visit the country,” she said.

“It has been great to show them the Tatiara and showcase all we have here in the area to people from as far away as Ceduna and Mount Gambier.”

On Wednesday night the ladies attended a special dinner at the Woolshed Inn with guest speaker Marie Clarke and her mother Jessie, who turned 100 this year.

The event was run by the Tatiara group, which includes the Bordertown, Keith and Coomandook CWA branches.