Annual Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers Association 'An Evening of Cotton' to be held next week

'An Evening of Cotton' will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the cotton industry and its history.
'An Evening of Cotton' will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the cotton industry and its history.

Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers Association (CGA) is hosting its annual 'An Evening of Cotton' next week to provide Moree locals and visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the cotton industry.

The evening will include a visit to an irrigated cotton farm and a guided tour through a cotton gin, where visitors can learn about today's cotton industry and see cotton picking in action.

The Gwydir Valley CGA has been running the tour for more than 20 years now.

"It's an opportunity for local cotton growers to showcase their industry to the broader community," Gwydir Valley CGA secretary Lou Gall said.

"It's a real significant contributor to our community here.

"We'll visit a cotton gin. People get the opportunity to see the ginning process, we'll introduce them to a whole range of people who work in it."

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Visitors will also get a better understanding of the way water is used in the industry and be able to learn about today's cotton industry and its history.

"There was good growing here in the mid 1950s, it's been going for almost more than 70 years," Ms Gall said.

"It's changed a lot in that time. It's a very innovative industry and we strive to be really productive."

If you wish to attend, closed shoes must be worn and visitors are advised to bring a hat and sunscreen.

The tour is free and will be held on Wednesday, April 24 and there will be buses departing Tourism Moree from 3pm and returning at 8pm.

You can RSVP to Tourism Moree by calling 02 6757 3350 or sending an email to info@moreetourism.com.au.