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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier praises work of Kingaroy QCWA – 2nd oldest branch in Queensland

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    Premier praises work of Kingaroy QCWA – 2nd oldest branch in Queensland

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk repeated her praise of the outstanding service the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) has given for the last 95 years at an afternoon tea function with members of the Kingaroy branch.

    Kingaroy was the 2nd branch to join the QCWA, just eleven days after Toowoomba started up to found the movement.

    The Premier said the Association has now spread right across the cities and the country with more than 250 branches supporting hundreds of women through every stage of their life.

    “The QCWA is an iconic organisation, and celebrating 95 years is a remarkable achievement.

    “The selfless work of the QCWA and their community spirit has helped Queensland women, particularly those in rural and remote areas, learn grow and create new opportunities.

    “I encourage more women to get on board."

    To celebrate the QCWA’s 95th birthday, the Palaszczuk Government will provide $1 million over 2 years to restore the association’s heritage halls across the state.

    The roof of the QCWA Kingaroy branch was damaged during Cyclone Debbie and is in need of strengthening and long-lasting repair.

    The Premier urged Kingaroy branch to apply for a grant from the restoration fund to get the roof and improvement work done.

    “The $1 million restoration funding will be an important part of ensuring halls like Kingaroy’s will be here for many years to come,” she said.

    “The funding will mean halls can be painted, gutters or walls can be replaced, and gardens and walkway access can be upgraded.

    “It is great news for local businesses and great news for local jobs.”

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791

    Photos from today's afternoon tea function can be viewed here.