FINDING HIDDEN TREASURES ON THE COFFS COAST

The 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll recognises 103 women for their valuable volunteer roles and the outstanding contribution they provide to local communities across NSW.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser is delighted Sawtell’s Stephanie Greacen, a devoted member of the NSW Rural Fire Service and her community, is on the Honour Roll.

Mr Fraser today presented Miss Greacen with a certificate from the State Government in recognition of her accolade, and a Hidden Treasures Honour Roll book.

Mr Fraser congratulated all the women who have been formally recognised for their hard work and dedication to others.

“These women provide an enormous amount of support to our local community and are true hidden treasures,” Mr Fraser said.

“They have been nominated by others in the community who have seen first-hand the impact they have on the lives of people around them.

“Stephanie Greacen thoroughly deserves this recognition and should be extremely proud of her nomination and in joining this prestigious list of highly regarded rural women.”

This year’s nominees join a growing roll call of over 900 volunteers who have been recognised since the first Honour Roll was launched in 2010.

This important tribute documents and celebrates the unpaid work of women who ensure the viability of so many crucial community groups and charities.

An estimated 43.7 per cent of adult Australians volunteered a total of 932 million hours in 2016.

Volunteering provides the opportunity for people to connect to their community and to gain personal and practical benefits.

Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network.

For more information on the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll visit the DPI website http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rural-support/rural-womens-network