Augathella QCWA branch saved after community support
ON THE brink of closing down, the Augathella Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA) was flooded with community support.
Newly elected president Jacqui Parker said with three of their longest standing members no longer able to attend meetings due to ill health, they needed new blood to ensure the branch stayed open.
"At the committee meeting we held on Sunday there were at least 12 members with more to come,” she said.
"I was really surprised when I saw so many people rolling through the door.
"It's just great to know that when you reach out to the community, they are more than willing to give you that support.”
Easily filling the quota of at least six members to form a committee and saving the branch, Mrs Parker was thrilled that it was able to survive another year.
"Everyone's related in town, so people's grandmothers would have been in the QCWA and they knew how much it would have meant to them,” she said.
"It means a lot to our older members, some who have been involved for more than 50 years and are no longer able to be involved due to poor health.
"If we had to close down, it would have meant selling the building which would have been very upsetting as the town is the one who raised money for it.”
With some young blood thrown into the mix, Mrs Parker is excited to see what new ideas the freshly formed committee can bring to keep the branch thriving.
"I'd like to see us a bit more involved in the community, it'd be nice to get out there more,” she said.
"We have a few younger members this time, so it will be good to have their unique voices brought to the table.
"I think people have the perception CWA is something their grandmothers do and it's not correct, we have someone as young as 25 joining.”