Hidden treasure Naomi

A local woman who’s spent the past few decades working to get more recognition for the Far West has had her efforts rewarded.

Naomi Schmidt, of Eldee Station, has been formally recognized in the 2017 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll for her volunteer work and contribution to the community.

Mrs Schmidt has been at various stages secretary of the Broken Hill Art Gallery Committee, the Silver City Motor Cycle Club, the RDA Far West Board and the Western Division Cultural Development Reference Group.

She’s also had a major role in the BH Regional Tourist Association, Outback Tourism, and Destination Broken Hill, an interim tourism group she said has seen lots of interest.

“My husband Stephen and I have always been part of different groups, trying to get more recognition for the Far West, especially the unincorporated area which has no council to speak for it,” Mrs Schmidt said.

“With Destination Broken Hill, no one was taking responsibility for our visitor guide so I helped pull together a group called Destination Broken Hill, and that’s done better than we thought it would,” she said.

“We’re only an interim group but there seems to be plenty of people and businesses interested.

“Basically we’re making sure there’s a comprehensive visitor guide for tourists to use in print form and electronically.”

She said she was surprised and flattered to learn she’d been nominated, and even more so when she found out she’d made the Honour Roll.

Mrs Schmidt is one of 12 women from the Barwon area to make the Honour Roll this year, alongside Broken Hill’s Barbara Warburton.

Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said the Honour Roll is a great way to celebrate the women who put in so much work in their communities.

“These women provide an enormous amount of support to our local communities and are true hidden treasures,” Mr Humphries said.

“They have been nominated by others in the community who have seen first-hand the impact they have on the lives of people around them,” he said.

“These women thoroughly deserve this recognition and should be extremely proud of their nomination and in joining this prestigious list of highly regarded rural women.”

Mrs Schmidt agreed with Mr Humphries statement, and said the Honour Roll is a great initiative.

“There’s a lot of people doing voluntary work and keeping groups and associations going, and they make a big difference,” she said.

“There are a lot of volunteers in Broken Hill and the Far West and they keep the pace alive.”