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SWUG conference heads for the bush

Tuesday, 15 December 2009
By Print 21 Online Article

The Single Width Users Group (SWUG) is tuning up for its annual hoedown next year at the home of country music, Tamworth.

The northern NSW town of Tamworth now has two major events on its calendar for next year: hard on the heels of the world famous Country Music Festival, it will also host the ever-popular Single Width Users Group (SWUG) conference for newspaper production staff.

The conference will begin on Friday, 19th March 2010, with the traditional welcoming event and conclude with the SWUG Awards gala presentation on the evening of Sunday, 21st March. There will be no Monday morning conference sessions as in previous years.

The conference sessions will be held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre, a modern entertainment complex which each year hosts the ‘Oscars’ of country music, the Golden Guitar awards. The annual SWUG dinner will be held in the historic surroundings of Tamworth Town Hall.

“As you might expect from a town that hosts a major music festival each year, the conference facilities and accommodation at Tamworth are first-class,” said Bob Lockley, (pictured) SWUG president. “This will be a great venue for our conference and I would encourage everybody to get in early with their registration and accommodation bookings. It is sure to be a very informative and highly entertaining weekend, with several overseas guest speakers lined up.”

The host print site this year is the Fairfax Media Regional Print facility that houses a six tower Goss Community pressline. This press is sure to be of interest to delegates having been installed just last year as the result of a unique project which saw reconditioned units from various sites around Australia combined at the one location. The flagship publication produced at the site is the Northern Daily Leader, a six-day-a-week local newspaper with a circulation of over 13,000 copies.

Conference registration packs as well as details about the annual SWUG Awards will be available by the end of the year.

For more information, contact Anita White at Fairfax Media on (02) 4570 4444 or email

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