TREASURES: Rae Cooper, Greens MP Tamara Smith and Pamela McCrae.
TREASURES: Rae Cooper, Greens MP Tamara Smith and Pamela McCrae. Christian Morrow

‘Hidden treasures’ of Ballina electorate have been revealed

THREE of the region's hidden treasures came out into the light this week for some well earned recognition.

NSW Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP said the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll Ceremony in Ballina recognised the invaluable service of Pamela McCrae from Suffolk Park, Janine Slater from Ocean Shores and Rae Cooper from Byron Bay.

"This chance to recognise local women who may have gone about their work behind the scenes initially, but what they have delivered for our community will be forever treasured," she said.

"While these women are being recognised as treasures, they too are an example of so many more who work behind the scenes in our community to support and nurture others."

The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll was born out of the NSW Rural Women's Network.

Rae Cooper currently serves as a member of the Byron Shire Health Services Community Action Group and Byron Central Hospital Reference Group.

Her volunteer effort had been integral to the establishment of the new Byron Central Hospital.

Ms Cooper took the opportunity to continue to lobby the government to provide full surgical services at the new hospital.

"We want a categorical statement from the government that it will go ahead," she said.

Fellow award recipient Pamela McCrae volunteers across numerous charity groups, teaching crafts to children with cancer at Camp Quality and raising funds for charities.

Ocean Shore's Janine Slater is a long-time champion for the provision of the best health care facilities, acting as a spokesperson for Northern Rivers Health at forums ensuring the needs of the Mullumbimby Hospital community can be met within the new hospital framework at Byron Bay.



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