Milestone a chance to reflect on service to community

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
VideoAll 49 members of the Bunbury branch of the CWA join in singing We are Australian.

The Bunbury branch of the CWA turned 90 this week, an occasion that was marked with a civic reception on Tuesday.

All 49 branch members congregated at the Bunbury City Council function room for a morning tea and were treated to a series of speeches by WA president Heather Allen, branch president Dorothy Fisher and Mayor Gary Brennan.

“How many other organisations can boast 90 years in the community?” Mrs Allen said. “I’ve travelled 600km or 700km to be here today and it’s just tremendous.”

According to Mrs Fisher, just one other organisation in Greater Bunbury could boast a history more than 90 years.

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“It is an absolute honour not only to be here, but to be a member of the CWA,” she said.

“I’ve known Gary (Brennan) a long time and so when I asked if we could have this event here he immediately said yes... it’s just been lovely and a great day.”

Several Bunbury city councillors and local dignitaries attended the event including councillors Murray Cook and Tresslyn Smith, Forest MHR and branch member Nola Marino and Mr Brennan, who said the CWA was almost invaluable within the community.

“They’re part of a wonderful network around Australia and are so generous with their fundraising and giving,” he said. “They give to so many appeals, they’re always there whenever there is a need for them and are a wonderful support group for both each other and other women in our community.”

The Bunbury branch is the second biggest in the State behind the Baldivis Belles.

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