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Broken Hill to Host 2016 Rural Women's Gathering

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries, has today announced that the community of Broken Hill will host the 2016 annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering.

“I would like to congratulate the people of Broken Hill for their strong proposal and their enthusiasm to host this important community event,” Mr Humphries said.

“Broken Hill garnered strong community support for its proposal and demonstrated a solid capacity to host the gathering.

“I understand that the community is right behind this bid and a strong team of volunteers is ready to roll up their sleeves and assist with organising the event.

“We haven’t held the event in the Western Division for a number of years and this is great news for the people of Broken Hill.”

Mr Humphries said NSW Rural Women’s Gathering gives rural women from across the State the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge, link with services providers, and be inspired by a range of keynote speakers.

“The event is a unique opportunity to network with like-minded women and get away from the stresses of everyday life.”

Recent 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.

“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,” Mr Humphries said.

This year’s 2015 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering is being hosted by women from Glen Innes from 9 to 11 October. The weekend will feature educational and interactive field trips to a number of interesting local sites as well as special guest speakers including Jean Kittson, Georgina Dent, Mary Coustas and Michael Crossland.

The ‘Rural Women’s Gathering Social Return on Investment Baseline Analysis’ report is available on the Rural Women’s Network website - www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn

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