RFS captain Beth Raines s being celebrated with a Local Woman of the Year Award

Rural Fire Service Captain, Beth Raines is being celebrated with a Local Woman of the Year Award in recognition of the significant support she has given to the Blue Mountains community.

Trish Doyle MP, MP for Blue Mountains and NSW Shadow Minister for Women and Local Woman of the Year Beth Raines, Captain - Mount Wilson/Mount Irvine RFS.

Trish Doyle MP, MP for Blue Mountains and NSW Shadow Minister for Women and Local Woman of the Year Beth Raines, Captain - Mount Wilson/Mount Irvine RFS.

Member for Blue Mountains and Shadow Minister for Women, Trish Doyle commended Ms Raines on the achievement - Blue Mountains Local Woman of the Year for 2021 - acknowledging her hard work for the region.

"I congratulate Beth on this acknowledgement of her remarkable achievements and the continuing incredible work she does for our community" Ms Doyle, who presented the award to Ms Raines, said.

"Beth epitomises the qualities of a good leader. She is a compassionate human being, honest and with a gift for handling a crisis with far more than just technical expertise."

The Local Woman of the Year Awards is an annual program which recognises and celebrates the support women give to their local communities throughout NSW, acknowledging the achievements of women as part of International Women's Day each year.

Tragically Ms Raines lost her own home during the Black Summer Gospers Mountain fire, whilst fighting to save the homes of other members of her community, a home that had been built by her parents and steeped in family history.

"I can only imagine how horrific that time must have been for Beth. The resilience she has shown and the utter selfless way in which she contributes to her work and her community is awe-inspiring" said Ms Doyle.

She added "Beth Raines is an inspiration to women everywhere and I could not have felt prouder, being there to join in the celebration of her courage and dedication."

The NSW Women of the Year Awards was held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on Wednesday March 10, 2021. At the event Dr Kerry Chant was nominated as NSW Women of the Year.