Justine Williams, Geurie, part of 2019 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll

Geurie's Justine Williams is a keen long-distance runner and with some of her running has raised funds for Epilepsy Australia.
Geurie's Justine Williams is a keen long-distance runner and with some of her running has raised funds for Epilepsy Australia.

Geurie's Justine Williams has been recognised for her valuable volunteer work to regional NSW, after being named on the 2019 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Justine together with 77 other women from across the state were officially unveiled at the Rural Women's Gathering in Walcha on November 2.

In her citation it said that Justine was born and raised in Sydney and came to the central west with her husband in 2002.

She is the wife of Warren and mother of Emma, Heidi and Amelia.

Justine runs a small business from home - Workabout Australia - which assists people travelling around the country and seeking jobs.

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Justine is also a keen long-distance runner and has taken part in the Sydney City to Surf, the Dubbo Stampede, the Orange Fun Run and Blue Mountains Marathon.

With some of her running, Justine raises funds for Epilepsy Australia.

She has also acted as secretary of the Geurie Public School Parents and Citizens and supports the Geurie community with fundraising.

2020 Rural Women Gathering committee members Catriona McCauliffe, Di Gill, Caron Chester and Marg Appleby with Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall. Photo: Supplied.

2020 Rural Women Gathering committee members Catriona McCauliffe, Di Gill, Caron Chester and Marg Appleby with Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall. Photo: Supplied.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall attended the 27th Gathering and said it was a great opportunity for women to come together, learn new skills and share experiences with decision makers.

"In times of drought, the importance of events like this cannot be understated," he said.

Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, Bronnie Taylor said the 78 dedicated women each play a key role within their local areas and devote their time to improving their communities in a myriad of ways.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a valuable publication, highlighting the fantastic work volunteers do across the State.

Department of Primary Industries staff members Vicki Priest, Anne Brook, Pip Job, Karen Sowter, Grace Murray, Jen Haberecht and Simone Vitiello with Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall. Photo: Supplied.

Department of Primary Industries staff members Vicki Priest, Anne Brook, Pip Job, Karen Sowter, Grace Murray, Jen Haberecht and Simone Vitiello with Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall. Photo: Supplied.

"I thank each and every woman nominated for their dedication and unwavering support to families, charities, organisations and businesses in their local areas, and acknowledge their treasured place in our society," Mr Ward said.

Mr Marshall has announced the NSW Government will pledge $30,000 for next year's Gathering in Forbes, in recognition of the invaluable opportunities and support the event brings to rural women.

"Research has shown that for every dollar spent on gatherings, $2.20 is returned in economic value, while increasing opportunities for women to gain access to valuables services and information," Mr Marshall said.