Making communities better: Time is running out to nominate your hidden treasure

HT 2015 Banner2014 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll nominee Susie Cay from Corowa is a Director and part owner of the Corowa-based Warrembool Pastoral Co Pty Ltd. Its farming enterprises cover dryland cropping, beef cattle, merino sheep and prime lambs and its farming interests extend to Holbrook, Cooma and Glenthompson in Victoria.

Susie is a quiet achiever, fulfilling a vital role in the community with spirit and commitment. She is the Coordinator of an Ag & Chat group based in southern NSW. This communication network of rural families and farming businesses is linked by a common thread—Susie.

For a decade the Ag & Chat group has been holding workshops on agronomic issues, the operation of successful farm offices, grain marketing and even creative writing. Originally the group was for women but when husbands started talking about it and thanking her Susie opened it to everyone.

Susie started managing the family farm at 23 when her father died. She is a farm business manager, a farm bookkeeper, a gardener, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother.

One of the beautiful things about Susie is her quiet strength. She lost her husband, Robbie, to a brain tumour when the two were in their 50s. Susie has a capacity to bring dignity, determination and a cheerful energy to the table. She is a combination of a strong rural woman and a lovely person who is able to bring people together.

Susie believes that individual strength comes first and then overflows into community organisations.

Do you know someone like Susie who is a valued volunteer in your community? You can say ‘thank you’ by nominating them for the 2015 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

You can nominate a friend, family member, colleague, community worker – any rural women who you believe makes your community a better place to live.

Complete your online nomination by 31 July 2015.

About nswrwn

NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.
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