Local CWA members passionate but few
CHILDERS’ rich history has established many organisations, all supporting those in need of assistance.
First opened in 1935, the Childers branch of the Country Women’s Association welcomed new members but within a few years the support numbers reduced, forcing the branch to close.
It was more than five decades later the doors again opened, thanks to the hard working ethics and determination of Edna Buck in 1991.
Member numbers grew during the 90s, and the association’s duties included running the talking newspapers back in 1992.
The current cottage and cosy home for the CWA on Crescent St was previously the meeting rooms for the Girl Guides and Brownies.
The Isis Shire Mayor during the early 90s was Bill Trevor and the community was hands-on in the restoration of the buildings and the facilities.
Last week the Bargara branch of the CWA went into crisis talks as the branch is at serious risk of shutting its doors permanently, just as Childers could face the same fate in the coming months.
Sitting down with the current president of the Childers branch, Rosie Shuttlewood, you can feel her passion for the CWA.
“We are loud and passionate about our community and will do what we need to, to get the job done,” Mrs Shuttlewood said.
“We have all struggled one time or another and being with the CWA can give you the support you need.”
Childers CWA is struggling for members and the branch provides the younger members of the community with a venue where they can learn to cook, do public speaking and to also take part in community projects.
“All designed to give a sense of civic and community pride and we need more support for our community to continue with serving the locals,” she said.