28 October 2011

The Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George is proud five local women have been recognised in the 2011 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

The Honour Roll is an initiative developed by Industry & Investment NSW Rural Women's Network as a way of better recognising the important and diverse roles women volunteers play as key participants within NSW rural communities.

The local women to be included on the Roll are

Felicity Cahill (Drake) Felicity has lived in the area for over 20 years and is often referred to as the "Secretary of Everything". She is involved in the Rural Fire Service, the Drake Village Resource Centre, the West of the Range Landcare Group and the Drake Progress Association.

Barbara Steffensen (Lismore) Barbara has dedicated her life to companion animal welfare. She is the founder and President of the Animal Rights & Rescue Group in Lismore, which is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals.

Dorothy Sullivan (Casino) Dorothy is associated with many organisations in Casino including the Show Society, of which she is a Life Member, Friends of Windara, the CWA, Casino Garden Club and Beef Week. This certainly keeps Dorothy busy, together with her duties as Mayoress, assisting her husband Col.

Helen Trustum (Bentley) Helen has received many accolades over the years for her involvement in the community, including Citizen of the Year, Lismore Electorate Woman of the year, Royal Australian Historical Society Certificate of Achievement and a Centenary Medal. She has written and published 10 books on local history. Helen is also the coordinator of The Bentley, one of the most prestigious art prizes on the North Coast.

Helen Wynd (Goonellabah) Helen first joined Red Cross in 1938 aged 15. She later enlisted in the Australia Army Medical Women's Service and was posted in Bathurst and Darwin. Following the war Helen joined the Ex-Services Women's Association and has held many executive positions in the organisation. Helen helped to start the Lismore Blood Bank and has given countless hours of service to the Blood Bank & Red Cross.

"These women are wonderful examples of so many in our community who give of their time and energy to local organisations. Women are often the backone of families and rural communities and without their dedication and commitment many groups and charities would struggle to survive," Mr George said.

Copies of the Roll can be downloaded from the Rural Women's Network website at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.