End of an era as Hervey Bay CWA folds after nine decades

THE Queensland Country Women's Association Hervey Bay Branch has become a victim of the modern age after it was unable to form a committee at a recent meeting.

QCWA Burnett division president Irene Hamilton made the announcement with a "sad heart", saying interest in the association was still there but younger women just didn't have the time needed to attend meetings.

"They don't want to be on the committee and that seems to be the case quite often these days," Mrs Hamilton said.

"They want to be there, they want to be involved, but they don't want to take on the responsibility and that's probably because of their busy lifestyles, it's just one more added burden."

The Hervey Bay branch - first formed in 1924 as the Pialba branch - has been in recess for the past three years.

Mrs Hamilton was hoping it could be relaunched with a youthful membership base, and there had been 25 people at a meeting to gauge interest, but sadly none of those people were ready for committee responsibility.

She said renewed interest in crafts and baking with younger generations meant the timing was almost perfect for a younger-based membership drive, with many of the more senior members able to pass on their wealth of knowledge in these pursuits.

Mrs Hamilton said there were still QCWA branches in Point Vernon, Pialba and Urangan.



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