Super Sarina women to be recognised

Published: 07 Feb 2020

Council is looking to recognise amazing women from Sarina, like Dianne Barnett.

Mrs Barnett was awarded the Mary Malone Memorial Trophy at the 2019 Sarina Women’s Week Awards for her tireless community service.

Not only did Mrs Barnett start the school chaplaincy program at Swayneville State School, she also volunteers with many organisations and programs, including Sarina Rotary Club.

Cr Fran Mann said nominations for the 2020 Sarina Women’s Week Awards were now open.

“The Sarina Neighbourhood Centre team do an amazing job each year coordinating this awards night, but it all starts with the nominations,” Cr Mann said.

“If you can spare a few moments to nominate someone, that acknowledgement means so much, and all nominees are invited to a special dinner on Friday, March 6,” she said.

“So many of these women work exceptionally hard behind the scenes in our community and have an impact that is far-reaching.

“They do what they do because they love it, not for the recognition, however this is an amazing opportunity for the community to acknowledge their efforts and thank them.”

To nominate someone, email their names, contact details and a brief paragraph about them to the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre team at

Don’t forget to include your name, email and phone number and let us know if you wish to remain anonymous. Nominations close Monday, February 24.  For more information, call the Neighbourhood Centre on 4961 9283.

All nominees will be invited as a guest to attend the Sarina Women’s Week Dinner and Awards Night at the Bob Wood Cultural Hall on March 6, where they will be recognised and receive a certificate to commemorate their nomination.

All nominations are considered for the Queensland Women’s Week Mary Malone Perpetual Award. This award was created in honour of the contributions made by Mary Malone to the Sarina community and is selected by a panel of judges.

The awards are an initiative of the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre and council and are supported by the Queensland Government, Sarina Community Bendigo Bank and BMA.