Hidden treasures no more, several women have been named as our region's greatest assets.
The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll celebrates rural women and this year includes an ag show backbone, a church volunteer, a pro bono auditor and a woman who describes herself as "flawsome".
The 78 women, honoured for their "valuable volunteer work in rural, regional and remote NSW", were revealed at the Rural Women's Gathering in Walcha at the weekend.
"These dedicated women each play a key role within their local areas and devote their time to improving their communities in a myriad of ways," Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the women had a "treasured place in our society".
Among them is Glen Innes' Mary Hollingworth, who has been "a valuable volunteer for more than 35 years to the local and wider community".
This includes work with Deepwater playgroup and school, Emmaville Pony Club, the Uniting Church and Glen Innes Show Ladies Auxiliary.
These dedicated women each play a key role within their local areas and devote their time to improving their communities in a myriad of ways.Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said her work had "benefited the lives of many of the region's children and young people".
"Mary has also been a driver of Glen Innes' social scene through her long-term membership of Glen Innes Show Ladies Auxiliary, and as an organiser of many successful community events including the 2015 Glen Innes Rural Women's Gathering and Cameron Uniting Church's Celtic Festival dinners," Mr Marshall said.
The honour roll also includes:
- Lynda Atkinson, Delungra
- Maria Cameron, Merriwa
- Kerry Cassells-Noble, Moree
- Lucy Collingridge, Narrabri
- Tamara Ferguson, Tamworth
- Val Fletcher, Quirindi
- Joy Maunder, Quirindi
- Sarah Rushton, Narrabri
- Joanne Tailby, Boggabri
- Vicki White, Manilla
- Sue-Ellen Wilkin, Moore Creek