TO MANY in the Leeton shire community, Heather Whittaker and Sue Killham are already “hidden treasures”.
However, the pair were recently given that title in an official capacity by Member for Murray Austin Evans.
Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network, which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in the state and promotes the valuable role of volunteering to the community.
Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Killham were more than qualified to be added to this year’s Hidden Treasures honour roll, according to Mr Evans.
“These women provide an enormous amount of support to our local community and are true hidden treasures,” he 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.
“These highly-esteemed ladies thoroughly deserve this recognition and should be extremely proud of their nomination and in joining this prestigious list of highly regarded rural women.”
This year’s list of 87 nominees join a growing roll call of over 900 volunteers who have been recognised since the first honour roll was launched in 2010.
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.Member for Murray Austin Evans
Earlier this year Leeton shire’s Leonie Napier, Jodie Ryan, Stacie Carroll and Charmaine Lee were all bestowed with the Hidden Treasures honour.
The idea is to celebrate the unpaid work of women who ensure the viability of community groups and charities.
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