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March 07, 2024

Local Tamworth women celebrated

Category Media Release.

TFSS are proud to announce the winners and runners up from the 2024 Local Women’s Awards, held at Tamworth Golf Club.

TFSS CEO, Belinda Kotris, said: “The purpose of these awards is to acknowledge the achievements of our outstanding local women, whose significant contributions to the communities in which we live may otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Thirty nominations were received, representing a diverse range of community members. The four categories were judged by an independent panel.

TFSS would like to thank those people who nominated all the contenders and highlighted the outstanding achievements these women have accomplished within our community.

Outstanding Community Woman

Ms Kylie Taylor was announced as the winner for her role in leading the COVID vaccine rollout across the Hunter New England Local Health District. Kylie’s passionate about improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Local Paramedic and President of New England Roller Derby League, Ms Patricia McClean, was awarded runner up in this category, for continually going above and beyond for her community.

Outstanding Community Businesswoman

Ms Heather Whitby from disability support service, Little Blue Wren, was announced as the winner of this category. Heather is described as a caring, passionate, empowering and supportive woman, to both her clients and colleagues.

Ms Jacqui Powell, Partner Now Property, was announced as runner up in this award category. Jacqui was recognised for her support in giving back to the community through local initiatives demystifying the tenancy application process and for her charitable endeavors.

Outstanding Young Community Woman (16-24 years)

Ms Jenna Stewart, Peel High School Vice-Captain, was announced as the category winner. Jenna is recognised for her resilience, empathy and outspoken support for LGBTQIA+ students and Indigenous Affairs.

Ms Jessica Downey from Headspace was announced as the runner up for her unwavering support of the community. Despite overcoming personal challenges, Jessica continuously overachieves in her role and is commended for her tireless support of young people, including Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ communities.

“We would like to thank our generous local businesses who have embraced the TFSS Local Business Awards by providing us with financial and in-kind contributions,” Ms Kotris said.

The 2024 event sponsors include University of New England, Southwell Property, Northern Inland Credit Union, Centrepoint Tamworth, Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service - Aboriginal Corporation, Northgate Butchery, The Magic Pudding and Elle Fawn.