Sixty-nine new names, including Ms Amanda Stitt of West Wyalong, have been added to the 2021-22 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll. This honour roll pays public tribute to the girls and women across regional, rural and remote NSW who have given their time and energy to helping others in their community.
Coordinated by the NSW Rural Women’s Network, the 2021-22 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll recognises volunteering contributions made in those years.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke congratulated Ms Stitt, for being included in the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
“Women like Ms Stitt play an important role in community development and make rural NSW a great place to live. It is so important we honour their contributions to ensure that voluntary work is valued and respected,” Ms Cooke said.
“Many of us know Ms Stitt as the driving force behind the Cooinda Waters precinct which encourages family outings on the water, a quiet achiever with a lifetime of service and dedication to the Bland Shire community.”
“If there is ever an event to help and support the community then Ms Stitt is there, a woman who always puts others before herself, and never asks for anything in return.”
Ms Stitt joins more than 1,000 women from across rural and regional NSW who have been enshrined on the honour roll since 2010, each of them nominated by a member of their local community.
Ms Stitt joins over 70 women in the Cootamundra electorate who have been recognised since 2010 for their commitment and dedication to volunteering and supporting the local community.
Ms Amanda Stitt said she was so surprised to be nominated and thought she was doing a good job flying under the radar however, this obviously was not the case as she had hoped.
“It is lovely to be recognised but also humbling because I feel so many others in our community are far more deserving,” Ms Stitt said.
“After working full time for many years, I feel it is such an honour to be able to volunteer, not only do you get to give back to your community you are also rewarded in so many ways.”
“You meet so many interesting people, hear their stories, laugh and cry with them, see them challenge themselves and succeed and make new lifelong friendships.”
Hidden Treasures is a project of the Rural Women’s Network, a state-wide initiative of Women NSW that is funded by a $3.7 million investment from the NSW Government.
For more information and a full list of the 2021 and 2022 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll awardees, visit nsw.gov.au/women-nsw/rural-womens-network.