Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, is encouraging communities to nominate rural women volunteers for the 2017 NSW Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Mr George said nominating a rural woman for the 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a great way to celebrate women and to promote the valuable role of volunteering to local communities.

“There are many outstanding female volunteers who provide valuable support and services to enrich the lives of others ,” Mr George said.

“Their drive, hard work and enthusiasm ensure the viability of many crucial community groups and charities and they come to the fore during natural disasters.

“The NSW government is proud to support this important initiative, by recognising women volunteers who give so much of their own time.”

In NSW, there are almost 1.7 million volunteers, who give more than 241 million hours of voluntary work to their communities.

Volunteering can have many benefits, including improving health, reducing social isolation, raising self-esteem and contributing to the wellbeing and unity of our communities.

The growing list of nearly 700 rural female volunteers is a testament to the generosity and hard work of those who are publicly appreciated by their community.

All rural women nominated will be included in the 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, which will be launched at the annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Narrandera on 27-29 October 2017.

To nominate a Hidden Treasures volunteer, simply complete your nomination online or download a nomination form and share a few paragraphs about why your nominee is worthy.

For more information contact the Rural Women’s Network on 02 6391 3612 or email

Nominations close on Friday 28 July 2017.

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:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.