2008 LISMORE ELECTORATE WOMAN OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED

2008 Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year Announced

12th February 2008

The Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George today held an appreciation morning tea for all nominees, nominators and friends of special women nominated for the annual Electorate Woman of the Year Award to recognise, congratulate and thank those who have contributed immensely to the benefit of our whole community.

The event was held this morning at the Salvation Army Cidel, Goonellabah and recognised the following nominees;

Mrs Susie Hearder - Friends of the Pound, Murwillumbah

Mrs Caroline Thompson - St John’s College, Lismore

Mrs Betty Webb - Jiggi-Georgica Red Cross, Jiggi

Mrs Carmel Pollard – various organisations, Lismore

Rev Margaret Davis - Anglican Parish of Lismore

Cr Ros Irwin - Lismore & District Women’s Health Centre

Mrs Elva Jones - Quota International of Kyogle

Mrs Susan Fleming – various organisations, Lismore

Mrs Gwynne Glendenning - Quota International of Lismore

Mr George announced the Winner, Mrs Betty Webb, who is current the President of the Jiggi-Georgica Red Cross and has been described as a “living treasure” for her work in the Goolmangar, Jiggi and Georgica communities over an extended period of time. She has been a member of the Jiggi-Georgica Red Cross Branch for more than forty years, as well as serving as both President of the Goolmangar United Church Guild and the Manchester Unity Lodge for more than thirty years. She is a Life Member of the Jiggi Hall Committee and a highly valued community member due to her historical ties with the valley. After all these years of service, Betty continues to ride her horse daily, grow various fruits and vegetables and bake her own bread!

Mrs Webb was presented with an invitation for her to attend a Premier’s Reception for International Women’s Day to be held at Government House on 6 March 2008.

“There are so many women whose successes and achievements encourage and inspire. Today I enjoyed the opportunity to join with the communities they represent, their peers, family and friends to celebrate and recognise their huge contribution.

“It was my pleasure to honour these women and their achievements, as they are important means of building the confidence and pride of all women, as well as encouraging other women and girls by publicly presenting mentors and positive role models. Congratulations to all nominees and Mrs Betty Webb,” Thomas George concluded.

Media Contact: Thomas George 6621 3624 or 0427 360 781

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577