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Nominate an outstanding female volunteer

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is encouraging rural and remote communities to nominate rural women volunteers for the 2017 NSW Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Mrs Williams said nominating a rural woman for the 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a great way to celebrate women and to promote the valuable role of volunteering to local communities.

“There are many outstanding female volunteers who provide valuable support and services to enrich the lives of others,” Mrs Williams said.

 “Their drive, hard work and enthusiasm ensure the viability of many crucial community groups and charities and they come to the fore during natural disasters.

 “A number of wonderful local women have been recognised previously from our area including Janette Hyde and Erica Nelson who have both contributed a great deal to our community.

 “The NSW government is proud to support this important initiative, by recognising   women volunteers who give so much of their own time,” Mrs Williams said.

 In NSW, there are almost 1.7 million volunteers, who give more than 241 million hours of voluntary work to their communities.

 Volunteering can have many benefits, including improving health, reducing social isolation, raising self-esteem and contributing to the wellbeing and unity of our communities.

 The growing list of nearly 700 rural female volunteers is a testament to the generosity and hard work of those who are publicly appreciated by their community.

 You can read the wonderful stories from the 2016 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll  

All rural women nominated will be included in the 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, which will be launched at the annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in   Narrandera on 27-29 October 2017. 

 To nominate a Hidden Treasures volunteer, simply complete your nomination online or download a nomination form and share a few paragraphs about why your nominee is worthy. For more information contact the Rural Women’s Network on 02 6391 3612 or email

 Nominations close on Friday 28 July 2017.

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