Nominations have opened for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year awards with seven categories open to contestants.
Port Stephens MP Kate Washington said it was an excellent opportunity to recognise those women who go above and beyond for their community.
“Local women make a valuable contribution to our community and these annual awards are an opportunity to publicly recognise their efforts and celebrate their achievements,” Ms Washington said.
“In our community, there are many inspiring women who do amazing things [and] I see them in classrooms, preschools, businesses, sporting associations, service clubs and community organizations. Many of them, through their hard work and dedication, make a real difference in our community.”
There are seven state-wide award categories:
- NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year recognises NSW women who have excelled in their chosen career, field or passion. These women are exceptional achievers who have made a significant contribution to NSW and whose accomplishments make them a strong role model for other women.
- NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award recognises Aboriginal women in NSW who have excelled in their chosen career, field or passion. These Aboriginal women are exceptional achievers who have promoted economic, cultural or social opportunities for Aboriginal people in NSW.
- Community Hero Award celebrates heroes and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the community. These women are positive role models who inspire others to contribute to the community too.
- Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Award celebrates women aged 18 to 30 years who have excelled in their career or made a significant contribution to their community.
- Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award celebrates women from regional NSW who have made significant achievements in areas that are important to regional or rural communities.
- NSW Business Woman of the Year Award recognises excellence in business in NSW. These women provide outstanding leadership and inspiration for other women to succeed.
- First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award, a new award in 2018, recognises an outstanding individual who has dedicated their life towards the advancement of women in NSW.
Nominations close on December 18 and can be made at www.women.nsw.gov.au. Winners will be announced at the NSW Women of the Year Awards ceremony hosted by the NSW Minister for Women on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018.