A Resounding Success: CWFS Rural and Regional Women & Youth 2023

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The resilient, resourceful and remarkable women and young people of the Central West NSW took centre stage at this year’s ‘CWFS Rural and Regional Women and Youth Conference.’  With more than 150 attendees, a wealth of love and support, an array of high-profile expert speakers, and wonderful local and industry support, this event was a resounding success, uniting the women and young people who keep the rhythm of rural life alive.

For more than 15 years, CWFS (Central West Farming Systems) has been at the forefront of fostering growth and unity within rural and regional communities. The legacy of their Women and Youth in Agriculture conferences, held in 2009, 2013, 2016, and 2019, paved the way for the remarkable 2023 edition. These previous conferences set a benchmark for the region and 2023 was no exception.

Keynote speakers included Jessica Rowe, renowned journalist, television presenter, and author; Claire Braund, co-founder of Women on Boards; and Phoebe Lane, Director of PKL. With their inspirational stories and genuine engagement with attendees throughout the day, the Conference left everyone feeling excited about the future in our regional communities.

The event also featured a panel of young local farming champions, alongside GRDC Northern Panel representative, Sarah Ball. A second panel session featuring local female entrepreneurs, including Emily Sinderberry of EJS Business Services, and Gabby Neal of INTACT. In addition to these in-person speakers, video messages from Minister Tanya Plibersek, Minister for the Environment and Water, and Minister Jodie Harrison, NSW Minister for Women, were heard, emphasising the significance of the event and the local region.

CWFS, a not-for-profit organisation based in Condobolin, remains steadfast in its commitment to nurturing agricultural growth across a vast area of 14 million hectares in the Central West, with over 300 members actively contributing to this goal.

The 2023 CWFS conference was a terrific gathering of women and young people from diverse backgrounds, all committed to building a brighter and more sustainable future in local regional communities. 

As the Conference concluded, thanks were extended to the sponsors and speakers who made the event possible. GRDC (Grains Research & Development Corporation); Evolution Mining; NSW DPI, the Farm Business Resilience Program, the Rural Women’s Network, Women NSW; the SQNNSW InnovationDrought Hub; the Southern NSW Innovation  Hub and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Future Drought Fund, all played a crucial role in making the conference a resounding success. 

For those who missed this year’s event, there will be more opportunities in the future. CWFS will continue its mission of growing and inspiring the community in the years to come, bringing remarkable individuals together to build a brighter future for rural and regional communities.