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State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP announced nominations opened this week for the 2021 and 2022 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll. The Honour Roll gives our community the opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of our local women.

Mr Barr said the contribution of volunteers has never been more important, as the past 12 months have seen our rural communities facing multiple challenges including floods and COVID-19.  It is during times of adversity we see the wonderful giving spirit of our volunteers.

Mr Barr said, “Volunteers are the heart of our communities and across the Cessnock Electorate we have so many wonderful female volunteers who give their time and energy to help others.”

“The 2021 and 2022 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a terrific opportunity to recognise our local heroes.  If you know a rural woman who has gone above and beyond, then I would encourage you to nominate her as a Hidden Treasure.” said Mr Barr.

The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is part of the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Rural Women’s Network program that recognises the outstanding work of female volunteers, and to celebrate and acknowledge their contribution to rural and regional communities.

Nominations for the Honour Roll can be completed online.

To nominate a Hidden Treasures volunteer, complete a nomination form online: https://www.nsw.gov.au/women-nsw/rural-womens-network/hidden-treasures-nomination or by downloading the form on the website and emailing it to ruralwomensnetwork@dpc.nsw.gov.au

For more information, list of previous honourees and eligibility requirements visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/women-nsw/rural-womens-network/hidden-treasures

Nominations close 11:59pm Wednesday 30 November 2022.