Steph Cooke and Kaye Chapman hold a large bunch of flowers and smile at the camera.
Steph Cooke MP with Kaye Chapman at the presentation of her Local Woman of the Year Award.

The Member for Cootamundra has recognised the efforts of Kaye Chapman.

Mrs Chapman was named Local Woman of the Year ahead of International Women’s Day, celebrating her decades of service to the Cowra community.

Mrs Chapman founded the Cowra Community Chest (CCC) in 2003, which helps residents experiencing illness and injury. The CCC provides financial aid, funding measures such as treatment, transport, accommodation, specialist fees and equipment.

The CCC has raised over $500,000 over the past 17 years and has aided more than 250 families around the Cowra community.

Ms Chapman held a volunteer grief support role with Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre for 16 years and also manages the Cowra Community Markets, the proceeds of which help fund the work of the CCC.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said Kaye Chapman’s contribution to the Cowra community is immeasurable.

“There are simply no words to describe the service of Kaye Chapman to this community,” Ms Cooke said.

“Mrs Chapman has selflessly worked to help others for nearly three decades, not only in Cowra, but in other communities where she has helped groups set up their own ‘community chests’.”

“I hope this award goes some small way in showing Kaye just how treasured and respected she is by the entire community. I am personally so grateful for her hard work, her dedication and her care for others. I want to thank her for her service to the people of Cowra.”