After a very close race with four excellent candidates, it is a pleasure to announce that the 2017 NAFF (National Australian Fan Fund) delegate is FE WATERS! Fe will attend Natcon at Continuum in Melbourne in June.
Hailing from WA, Fe has been involved in fandom since she was dragged to the UniSFA room in 1990. She’s been attending Swancon since 1995, and was part of Gynaecon (the con within a con) from the beginning. After being inspired by the kids’ programming at AussieCon IV, Fe took on organising the Family Programme for Swancon 2011–2013.
In recognition of her efforts for the Family Programme, she was awarded the Mumfan (Marge Hughes) Award in 2013. In 2016 she was the Fan Guest of Honour at Swancon. This was also the year that the Gynaecon Collective was awarded the Silver Swan.
Nominated by: Stephanie Bateman-Graham (WA), Ju Landéesse (VIC) and Sarah Parker (WA).
A very big congratulations to Liz Barr, who has narrowly won the NAFF race to attend Contact 2016 in Brisbane in March. Well done also to the other worthy candidates, Elizabeth and Maureen, on an excellent race. And a huge thank you to everyone who voted – you keep this fan fund alive, and it is most appreciated.
The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created to assist fans to travel across Australia to attend the National Science Fiction Convention (Natcon). NAFF assists fans to travel to the Natcon and covers the costs of airfares and accommodation. The Natcon donates a convention membership. This year’s NAFF race is to the 55th Australian Natcon, Contact, which will be held in Brisbane during Easter, 25– 28 March 2016. It is expected that the winner will produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and to help administer the NAFF race for the following two years.