Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW and promotes the valuable role of volunteering to the community. This important tribute captures inspirational stories, documenting and celebrating the unpaid work of women who are ensuring the viability of so many important and crucial community groups and charities such as emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sport organisation, and so many others within rural and regional communities.

The growing list of more than 900 rural women volunteers is a testament to the generosity and hard work of so many women who are publicly appreciated by their community as part of this project. We hope the annual Honour Roll will improve recognition of the important and diverse roles women volunteers play as key participants within NSW rural communities and that their stories will encourage others to take on volunteering roles.

The 2018 NSW Hidden Treasure Honour Roll was launched by The Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW, on Saturday 20 October 2018 at the NSW Rural Women's Gathering in Merimbula. The 87 women recognised in the roll are powerhouses in their communities. They get the jobs done that many of us take for granted, such as visiting the elderly, washing the local footy jerseys each week, running the canteen, lobbying to save community facilities, sitting on sporting committees, leading community healing and fundraising. What they all have in common is their energy, their kindness and enthusiasm. Take a look at this year's nominees in the 2018 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll to see who has been recognised in your local area.

Do you know a rural woman who makes your community a better place to live?

There are countless women who dedicate their time to crucial community groups and charities such as emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sport organisation, and so many others within rural and regional communities. We encourage people to nominate friends, family members and colleagues who donate their time to improving our rural communities and neighbourhoods.”

How to nominate a rural woman?

Nominating a rural woman for the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a great way to celebrate rural women from across NSW who give so much of their time to improving our communities and neighbourhoods. You can nominate a friend, family member, colleague, community worker - any rural woman who you believe makes your community a better place to live.

To nominate a Hidden Treasures volunteer you simply need to complete the Nomination Form and tell us a short 'story' about why your nominee is worthy. All rural women nominated will be included in the 2018 Honour Roll to be launched at the annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Merimbula on 19-21 October.

NB: Nominations will only be accepted for NSW rural women. 'Rural' is defined as anyone living outside the larger metropolitan centres of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

Please check our Hidden Treasures Listing to ensure the person you wish to nominate has not been nominated previously.

2019 nominations will open May 2019.

For more information call the Rural Women's Network on 02 6391 3612 or email rural.women@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Volunteering in NSW

The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.  - RALPH WALDO EMERSON

There are almost 1.7 million volunteers, who give more than 241 million hours of voluntary work to the NSW community. The value of this contribution is estimated in excess of $2.4 billion to the State's economy. (NSW State Plan)

Australian volunteers are essential to society, and many charities would struggle to survive without the support of their volunteers. Volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours of community service to so many areas of society, including community health care, heritage and arts, environment conservation, emergency services, education, social justice and sports. Acknowledging volunteer efforts can build self-worth amongst individuals and accelerate community spirit.

About Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures is a project of the Rural Women's Network

National Volunteer Week

More than six million Australian volunteers give happiness to others each year. Research shows that those volunteers are happier as a result. This National Volunteer Week, help us make Australia the happiest place on earth! Whether it's one hour of your time or an ongoing commitment, it's easy to share your skills and interests to give a little and change a lot.

"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in." MARJORIE MOORE

Honour Rolls