Appointment of new Secretary

The Bellinger River Agricultural Society is delighted to announce we have employed a part time secretary.

Cherylene Burke has joined us and comes with a wealth of experience and we are sure will fit into our volunteer organisation very well.

Learning all the facets of an Agricultural Show is very challenging but we are sure Cherylene will be up to speed by show time on May 21 and 22nd

The Show Office will be open every Wednesday 1pm  to 4pm up to show week and then every day from Monday 16th May.

If you have any queries regarding the upcoming show do not hesitate to contact Cherylene, details below.

Cherylene Burke
0498 483 915

Bellingen Show Office Open for Business

Show Office opens weekly as the Bellingen Show date approaches.

Following the recent announcement that Bellingen Show is a-go for Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, the Bellingen Show Office is now open every Wednesday between 1-4pm, attended by newly appointed Show Secretary, Cherylene Burke.

Bellinger River Agricultural Society President Gillian Anderson said “After a couple of really tough years we are looking forward to bringing the people of Bellingen together to showcase the breadth of talent in our area and to celebrate our efforts as a rural community.”

Ms Anderson continued “We are thrilled to have Cherylene Burke join the team as Show Secretary to support the Show’s volunteer-led committee in our revised operational structure.”

The Society is calling for the community to get involved in the Bellingen Show. “There’s a vast array of competitions and categories,” said Ms Anderson “whether it be submitting a piece in the Mantova Art Prize or your kids’ artwork in the Children’s Art Competition. Enter your pooch in the Mongrel Dog Competition, your loved one in the Partner Carry Competition, or join in the Bellingen Show Fun Run.”

The Show Committee encourages the community to spend the day or the whole weekend soaking up the laid back country show vibes. Expect fun for all the family with wood chop, cattle, chooks, horse and pavilion competitions as well as rides, a petting zoo and a raft of big farm machinery for kids young and old to awe over. Plus, music and dance fans will burst with pride at the community tent devoted to local performers.

Foodies will be lining up for the Bellingen Kitchen Shop cooking demonstrations delivered by popular local chef and food business owner, Mitch Grady. With a special guest chef to be announced soon!

The Bellingen Show atmosphere will be amped up in the late arvo with local music acts bringing the community together to enjoy the tunes, a drink at the bar and bite to eat at one of the local food stalls.

The full suite of Bellingen Show categories and competitions will be up here soon on the Bellingen Show website.

Show schedules for cattle, horses, poultry and the Pavilion classes will be available online in March, and print copies distributed in April.

Bellingen Show President & Sponsorship:
Gillian Anderson

Rachael Hetherington
0432 018 1980

More info

Bellingen Show Plans for 2022

This article first appeared in Bellingen Shire News on 8th Dec 2021.

2021 was a difficult year for show societies with COVID restrictions causing the cancellation of many local shows throughout NSW. Bellingen was fortunate in that it not only staged its annual show but public support for the event was at record levels, highlighting the importance of this long running event for the people of the shire.

Buoyed by the success of the 2021 show the Show Committee met last month for its annual planning meeting and looked at what worked at the 2021 show, what could be done better, and set priorities for the lead up to the 2022 event and for the next 3 years. The aim of the meeting was to identify events and projects that will enhance the long term viability of the show while ensuring that it stays in touch with the community that supports it. This year the planning meeting was also attended by representatives of the Bellingen Showground Land Management Board indicating the desire of both the Board and the Show Society to maintain a close working relationship.

Some key decisions to come out of the meeting included:

  • the Show Coordinator position will be readvertised – see the advertisement in this edition of Bellingen Shire News and go to our website ( for more information;
  • online ticketing will again be used for entry to the showground on show days and online entries to some sections will be trialed;
  • the Cooking Demonstrations will be on again in 2022 and negotiations are underway with a well known Sydney chef to run these and the popular Chef’s Table;
  • major changes to the format and content of the show schedules have been flagged that will benefit both entrants and show sponsors.

Discussions at the meeting also highlighted the important contributions that volunteers make to the running of the show and the need to engage and encourage members of the community to be part of the team that makes it all happen every year. We will shortly have a Get Involved page up on our website where you can indicate which areas of the show interest you. Closer to the show we contact all our volunteers and send out Sign Up forms so you can select when and how you will be involved. We also hold a Volunteers Day barbecue three weeks prior to the show to say thank you in advance, give you the opportunity to come and meet the Committee and other volunteers, learn something about all areas of the show and generally have social interaction with other members of the community who enjoy volunteering.

All the popular events and competitions will be at the showground again in 2022. So put you best jar of jam aside, see what you could cook for the cookery section, paint a picture for Mantova, get those fabulous vegetables growing and have that new quilt finished. Put the 21st and 22nd May, 2022 in your diary and start thinking about how you will participate. The Bellingen Show only exists because of the community that supports it.

See you at the Bellingen Show in 2022!

POSITION: Bellingen Show Coordinator

The Bellinger River Agricultural Society (BRAS) is looking to appoint a self-motivated, enthusiastic person to work with a team of committed volunteers.

The Position

The appointee will take on the administrative responsibilities currently held by the Show Secretary. They will also have an enhanced coordination role covering all areas of the Show.
This is a part time position with flexible predomination home based hours.
Peak commitment required February till May.
Applications close at 5pm Friday 7th January 2022.

Interested parties please apply to the Show Secretary for a full job description.
Phone 0407 269 885
Bellingen Show – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May, 2022

Successful Grant Applications

Bellingen Show is delighted to announce that we have been successful in two grant applications funded by the Bellingen Shire Council:
– One for the Bellingen Show; and
– One for the EJ Mantova Memorial Art Prize that the Show organises and runs.

The Bellinger River Agricultural Society would like to thank the Bellingen Shire Council for their continued support of these much loved community events.

Show Committee Planning Meeting

The Bellingen Show Committee have held their annual planning meeting, coming together to discuss and plan next years Show.

The white board was out and many lists made, what worked in 2021 and what could be improved, it was all discussed.

The 2021 show was very successful, many new ideas were introduced, including online ticketing and a visiting celebrity chef, the committee recognise that the show needs to offer something new and exciting for all ages each year.

Volunteers are invaluable to the show each year. The committee discussed different ideas to recruit and retain their volunteers.

Members of the Land Management Board, as custodians of the show ground also attended the meeting, their input was welcomed. They heard first hand the improvements needed to Cattle and Horse yards and the main arena.

The Bellingen Community can look forward to a vibrant show in 2022.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

The Bellingen Show Committee and volunteers sold an incredible 600 sausages and several esky’s of cold drinks, at Bunnings Coffs Harbour last Saturday.

The team worked all day, cooking the delicious sausages which were supplied by Valley Quality Meats in Bellingen.
IGA Bellingen once again showed their community support by supplying all the bread needed on the day, and helping with the other supplies needed for the stall.

Photo from IGA Bellingen’s Facebook

The day was hard work for the helpers, but there were some fun moments thrown in; for example, holding 4 sausages in bread in one hand and squirting on sauce and mustard with your spare hand was certainly a new skill learned on the day!

All money raised on the day will be allocated towards some exciting new projects being planned for our 2022 Bellingen Show.

News from our AGM

We held our AGM on 15 September, 15 of the 16 dedicated committee members were able to attend.

Life memberships were awarded to 4 extraordinary volunteers for exceptional service to the Show, Linda Hillman, Susan Lumsdaine, Gillian Anderson and Rick Maunder.

The committee acknowledged Linda’s dedicated service,14 years spent organising, preparing and serving lunches, morning teas and afternoon teas at the show, what an incredible effort.

The new Executive Committee elected at the AGM are as follows

  • President -Gillian Anderson
  • Public Officer/ Vice President -Susan Lumsdaine
  • Secretary/ Treasurer -Lani Carmody
  • Vice President -Elaine Leader
  • Vice President -Penny North

The new committee quickly settled into the challenge of planning and preparing for 2022 Show. A planning day has been locked in for 30 October and any one is welcome to attend. 

16 October Bunnings Sausage Sizzle day, fundraising never tasted so good. Bellingen Show committee volunteers will be manning the tent and frying the onions, all money raised will go towards making the 2022 show even better than the 2021! 

AGM Announcement

The AGM of the Bellinger River Agricultural Society Inc will be held in the Luncheon Room at the Bellingen Showground on 15th September at 5PM. 

Due to Covid 19 restrictions and, as we may have to change to an electronic meeting, could interested parties please confirm their attendance with the Show Secretary by phoning 0498 483 915 or emailing


The Bellinger River Agricultural Society (BRAS) is looking to appoint a self-motivated, enthusiastic person to work with a team of committed volunteers to:
(1) maintain the Bellingen Show as the pre-eminent community event in the Bellingen Shire, and
(2) support the Show Committee in developing new and innovative ways to enhance the sustainability of the Bellingen Show.