Gurmesh Singh MP

HONOURING OUR RURAL VOLUNTEERS AND UNSUNG FEMALE HEROES

Coffs Coast residents can nominate a much-loved ‘unsung hero’ for the 2021-22 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, which pays public tribute to the vast number of rural women who have given their time and energy to helping others in our community.

Coordinated by the NSW Rural Women’s Network, nominations are open to girls and women living outside of Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong. Volunteering contributions made in 2021 and 2022 are eligible for nomination.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said honouring the contributions of women in our community ensures unpaid work is valued, respected and celebrated.

“Rural women play an important role in keeping the Coffs Coast connected. Whether it’s volunteering at the local school, organising weekend sport or planning fundraisers, women are often the unsung heroes,” Mr Singh said.

“I strongly urge people to recognise the contributions of our local women by nominating them for the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.”

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor encouraged people to nominate a woman who has excelled in serving the Coffs Coast community.

“There are so many amazing women across rural NSW who generously give their time to support individuals and groups within their communities, through volunteering in aged care, emergency services, environmental management, health, sport, education and tourism,” Mrs Taylor said.

“Women are the backbone of our communities, so it’s incredibly important to take this opportunity to sing their praises and celebrate their significant contributions.”

The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll first launched in 2010 and has recognised more than 1,000 volunteers across NSW.

Nominations for the Honour Roll close 30 November 2022. Nominations must address volunteer work undertaken in 2021 or 2022.

To submit a nomination, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/women-nsw/rural-womens-network/hidden-treasures