(Before social distancing measures) Steph Cooke MP is standing with eight finalists on the Hidden Treasure Roll of Honour from previous years.  Three stand at front with Steph whilst five are in back row.  Finalists are smiling and holding up certificates of recognition.
(Before social distancing measures) Steph Cooke MP with some of the finalists on the Hidden Treasure Roll of Honour from previous years.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP has urged people to recognise female volunteers in their local communities, with nominations still open for the 2020 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Ms Cooke said the Honour Roll shines a spotlight on the contribution of women in regional New South Wales, who willingly lend their time and skills to make the community a better place.

“Female volunteers in the Cootamundra Electorate keep local organisations running, ensure sport is played on weekends, fight bushfires and so much more,” Ms Cooke said.

“This year, as we battle the ongoing drought, bushfires and now a pandemic, female volunteers have stood even taller. So, this is the perfect opportunity to recognise their invaluable contributions by nominating them for the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.”

 “Please, tell us the stories of who is making your community a better place, and how they are doing it, so that we can recognise their tireless efforts,” Ms Cooke urged locals in her electorate. To nominate a Hidden Treasures volunteer, complete a nomination online: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rural-support/rural-womens-network/hidden-treasures or download a nomination form, explaining why your nominee deserves to be recognised. Nominations close 24 July. For more information, contact the Rural Women’s Network on 02 6391 3186 or email rural.women@dpi.nsw.gov.au