Coraki women nominated Hidden Treasures for volunteer work

TWO women from Coraki have been recognised for their volunteer work within their community. 

Paula Starkey and Rikki Toi, along with four other women from around the region, attended an afternoon tea hosted by Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis to celebrate their new titles as Hidden Treasures.

Ms Starkey has been an active member in her community as a member of the Coraki United Hospitals Auxiliary and the Coraki Community Reference Group.

As part of the reference group, she has helped with the re-establishment of community health services following the closure of the Coraki hospital. 

Rikki Toi works at the Coraki Rural Transaction Centre and is a member of the Coraki SES. 

She helps with fundraising in the community and she's always willing to lend a helping hand. 

During floods Ms Toi stays in Coraki to assist the SES. 

Mr Gulaptis said the volunteers deserved thanks for their service to the community.

"These women provide unwavering support to our families, charities, organisations and businesses and are true treasures in our community," he said.

"They were nominated by others who have seen firsthand how their important work has enabled those needing assistance or local businesses requiring help to flourish.

"I thank them for their commitment to improving our local area and for their selflessness in sharing their time and energy for the benefit of others." 

This year 106 women have been recognised for the 2015 Rural Women's Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Since the Honour Roll launched in 2010, nearly 700 rural women volunteers have been recognised. 

For more information about the contribution made by individual women on the honour roll please visit the Dept of Primary Industries website

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