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Vote Now For Local Woman Of The Year Award

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams has congratulated Ms Karol O’Brien from Port Macquarie on being named a finalist for the 2016 Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award.

“From a field of close to 250 nominees across all categories, Karol’s dedication to working with people with a disability for over 15 years has seen her join three other finalists for the Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year,” Mrs Williams said.

“Starting as a volunteer in disability support, Karol has since set up several innovative businesses to support work for the intellectually disabled, including a second-hand clothing shop, a recycling business and a recycling building materials business. These businesses have helped support employment in our community.

“She is truly an inspiration and a role model for us all,” Mrs Williams said.

The 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards are a chance for the NSW Government and the community to officially recognise the outstanding contribution of exceptional women in NSW.

Nominees for the 2016 NSW Women of the Year fall into five categories – the Premier’s Award for Women of the Year, Harvey Norman Young Women of the Year, A.H. Beard Community Hero, REX Airlines Regional Woman of the Year and NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. 

Mrs Williams said too often successful women don’t get the recognition that they deserve, particularly for those in the field of volunteering.

“These awards are our chance to honour some of the many women, like Karol, who have contributed so much to this state and to their local community,” Mrs Williams said.

“I urge everyone in the local community to get behind Karol and the other amazing women in the other categories and to cast their vote.”

Online voting ends Sunday 28 February 2016. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in NSW Parliament House on 9 March.

For more information on the 2016 NSW Women of the Year awards and to cast your vote, visit www.women.nsw.gov.au.

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