Nyngan residents unveiled on 2019 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll

CONGRATULATIONS: Wendy Robb, Debbie Matheson and Katie White. Photos: FILE
CONGRATULATIONS: Wendy Robb, Debbie Matheson and Katie White. Photos: FILE

Three of Nyngan's hard-working women have been named in the 2019 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Debbie Matheson, Wendy Robb and Katie White have been recognised for their valuable volunteer roles and contribution to the local community.

The Honour Roll was introduced in 2010 and shines a spotlight on the accomplishments of female volunteers across rural and regional NSW.

Ms Matheson was described as a "little pocket rocket" in her nomination, which outlined her volunteerism and particularly her investment in the Nyngan Golf Club.


"Over the years she has been heavily involved in many organisations and has given over and above assistance simply just to help out," her nomination read.

"Only those close to her are aware of just how much time she volunteers as she is never one to say.

"It is people like this who are the true 'most valuable players' of our community and who keep rural communities alive."

Ms Robb's nomination detailed her tireless work and dedication to numerous clubs and committees in Nyngan including the Jockey Club, Pony Club, Western Studio of Performing Arts, Preschool, St Joseph's P&F and Nyngan High School.

She has been the secretary of the Hermidale Gymkhana for the past five years, is treasurer of the Blue Sky Ball in Nyngan and is secretary of Nyngan Touch Association. She is also on the fundraising committee of Nyngan Pony Club, is a steward at the Nyngan Show, assists with Nyngan Junior Rugby League and Nyngan Senior Rugby League.

"Wendy is a vital component in the success of these many organisations and without her our small community would be lost. She is most definitely a hidden treasure in our community," the nomination read.

Ms White was nominated for her work over the past four years running the Community Hub in Nyngan, a Red Cross organisation that aims to bring communities together with activities and information for every age group.

The nomination described Ms White as a "beautiful role model" and detailed her accolades growing up in Nyngan, such as playing a leading role as SRC president and vice-captain of her school.

It also described Katie's hard work attending Charles Sturt University, where she obtained her degree in social work, and efforts since then where she has worked in many organisations bettering the life of those around her.

Ms White also volunteers in several groups and teaches dance in her spare time.

"Katie has been outstanding in her field and has gone above and beyond by creating events for young and old, bringing together other service groups and just being a general support to the many people she sees in her everyday job," the nomination read.

"She has been a go to person for many at risk teenagers who feel safe with her and her empathetic nature.

"She quietly goes about her work expecting no accolades and it is so great to see such a beautiful role model in our small town."