Murgon CWA’s president Edna O’Neill is disappointed her CWA will close after 88 years in action.
Murgon CWA’s president Edna O’Neill is disappointed her CWA will close after 88 years in action. Emma Galliott

End of an era for CWA

AFTER almost 90 years in existence, Murgon's Country Women's Association (CWA) will shut its door next month.

Murgon CWA president Edna O'Neill said the association would close because of low numbers.

"We're all elderly and sickly," she said.

"No one is able to use computers and there's no one else to carry on.

"We just can't get younger members because everyone is working."

Murgon's CWA turned 88 on May 15 this year.

After 20 years' input to CWAs in the South Burnett, Mrs O'Neill said it was difficult for her to explain how the association felt about the closing.

"Some are a bit disappointed," she said.

"I'm a bit disappointed because it's something you look forward to once a month."

Times have changed and the CWA's head office is now located in Brisbane.

Members of the CWA were not particularly impressed the funds raised in the area did not directly go back into Murgon, Mrs O'Neill said.

"It goes down to state," she said.

"Why should it go to the state when you can support your own community?"

However, Mrs O'Neill said she held fond memories of her time with the CWA.

Good times included helping to feed the rescue workers involved in the 2011 flood recovery effort.

Mrs O'Neill said she joined Cloyna's CWA 20 years ago because she loved to cook.

Murgon's CWA will have its final meeting on August 3. Wooroolin's CWA has closed and Clyona's CWA shut its doors three years ago.

CWAs in the South Burnett are screaming out for members. If you are interested in joining, contact your local branch.

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