Opportunity to celebrate local women

12 August 2016

Friday 12 August 2016

Nominations are being sought for outstanding local women after the 2017 Victorian Honour Roll of Women opened this week.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the Women’s Honour Roll, celebrates the achievements of Victorian women in a wide range of fields and encouraged people to consider making a nomination.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate the local women who make our communities tick and who contribute to Victoria through their vision, leadership, commitment and hard work,”,” Ms Ryan said.

“The honour roll was established in 2001 and recognises women from diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal women, women with a disability, and regional and rural women.

“Past inductees include Melbourne Cup Winner Michelle Payne, 2015 Australian of the year Rosie Batty, and rural trail blazer and farmer Merna Curnow from Laanecoorie.”

Ms Ryan said 582 Victorian women have been inducted onto the roll since it began.

“It is important the honour roll includes women from across Victoria including our regional and rural areas,” Ms Ryan said.

“If people know of a local woman who has made or is making an outstanding contribution to the community and is a genuine role model, then nominating them is a wonderful way of saying thank you.”

Nominees must be either born in Victoria, have spent a considerable part of their life in Victoria or have made a significant contribution to Victoria.

Inductees for 2017 will be announced in March next year as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day.

Nominations for this year close on Friday 7 October 2016 and further information can be found at www.vic.gov.au/honourrollofwomen or by phoning the Department of Premier and Cabinet on 1300 366 356.

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