NOMINATE: Paula Starkey and Rikki Toi, of Coraki, were named Hidden Treasures in 2015 for their volunteering work.
NOMINATE: Paula Starkey and Rikki Toi, of Coraki, were named Hidden Treasures in 2015 for their volunteering work. Jamie Brown

Hidden Treasures sought for honour roll

WORTHY women are currently being nominated in the 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll which acknowledges and celebrates the contributions women make to NSW rural communities.

Those awarded the "Hidden Treasures” title will follow in the footsteps of many fine women before them.

In 2015, Coraki women Paula Starkey and Rikki Toi were added to the honour roll.

Mrs Starkey was a long-time volunteer on the Coraki hospital auxiliary and also with the CWA, and a director on the CWA preschool at Coraki.

Ms Toi was volunteer secretary at the Coraki Rural Transaction Centre, and a volunteer with the SES.

Volunteering was an important part of society, both women said, noting that without people who worked for nothing, our country would fall apart.

Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis is once again seeking the help of the local community in uncovering women volunteers within Clarence and Richmond valley communities who have contributed their time and energy to help others across rural NSW.

"This is not an award program, but a public tribute to the vast number of women who have given their valuable time and energy to help others,” he said.

"Women are often the backbone of families and communities and without their support many groups, including charities, emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sporting organisations would struggle to survive.”

The Rural Women's Network program, within NSW Department of Primary Industries, initiated the Hidden Treasures project to promote and archive the work of remarkable women.

Nominating a rural woman is easy. Simply go to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rural-support/rural-womens-network/hidden-treasures, complete your nomination online or download a nomination form and share a few paragraphs why your nominee is worthy.

Nominations close on Friday, July 28.


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