Women gather and share

Women loved the silk scarf workshop, and the colourful creation they got to take home.

Nearly 300 women converged on Broken Hill over the weekend for the Rural Women’s Gathering.

The theme for the event was ‘Rocks, Rust, Stars, and Dust’, which organiser Kimberley Fell said encapsulated the many important elements of the Silver City.

“It’s amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better opening day,” Ms Fell said.

“They’re all wonderful ladies here, they’re all enthusiastic, they’re all ready to participate which is really nice.”

Dr Natalie Shepard and Sandra Martin hosted the gathering, imparting a sense of energy to each day’s events.

A variety of guest speakers also spoke over the weekend, including country singer Tania Kernaghan, CWA NSW President Annette Turner, and members of the ‘Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Women’ group.

All spoke about their paths in life, their careers, and shared words of advice with those assembled.

More than a dozen different workshops were available to attend on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, ranging from makeup advice, to canape creation, to voice coaching and beyond.

Karen Ladlow travelled from Orange for the gathering, which she has been attending for six years.

She had lived in Broken Hill for several years a quarter of a century ago, and seemed pleased to be back.

“It’s a really good opportunity to just take some time out and do exactly what suits you for the time, you don’t have any obligations,” she said.

“I’ve picked some nice relaxing workshops.”

Five different dinners were available on Saturday night, from an evening under the stars with Outback Astronomy, to a night in Silverton, a buffet-style feast at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, a glamorous, glittery dinner at the Palace Hotel, or the Breast Cancer Support Group’s Pink Ball.

Committee coordinator Ellen Day said all dinners were well attended.

“They all went off really well and everyone was really happy with their choices,” she said.

“The plan was for everyone to have fun, and that happened.”

Lots of gossip took place the next day, as women shared what they’d experienced at the various dinners the night before.

The weekend ended on Sunday afternoon with a gala dinner at the Civic Centre, with live music and an appearance from country music artist Catherine Britt.

All in all the Rural Women’s Gathering 2016 was a weekend those who attended won’t soon forget.