Awards flow across the Hunter for varying contributions on International Women’s Day

Maree Edwards.
Maree Edwards.

Women around the Hunter were recognised for their contributions to communities, workplaces and organisations on Thursday as the region celebrated International Women’s Day.

Leading the bunch was Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Maree Edwards, who was recognised at the NSW Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government in Sydney for her contribution to Lake Macquarie.

Ms Edwards works with Lake Macquarie City Council and took out the regional award for a non-senior staff member for her ongoing work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

A descendant of the Wonnaruah People, Ms Edwards helps organise Close the Gap, Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week events. She also publishes the quarterly Koori Grapevine newsletter.

“Maree’s efforts in promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Lake Macquarie cannot be understated,” Council chief executive officer Morven Cameron said. 

“Maree is an important touchpoint between our organisation, local aboriginal land councils, schools, community groups, Elders and the wider Lake Macquarie community.”

Elsewhere, three women received $1000 scholarships from Port Stephens Council at a Rotary Salamander Bay luncheon.

Mayor Ryan Palmer commended Jackie Dujmovic, Allissa Hassett and Skye Swan for their contributions.

“From technology and innovation, to mental health and art therapy, to yoga as therapy, these three women have demonstrated a strong passion for their chosen fields and it’s wonderful to be able to help them achieve their goals with this scholarship,” he said.