TWEED identity Rhonda James has been hailed as a "heritage hero" for her work preserving the area's ecological past.
Ms James was presented with a NSW Government Heritage Volunteer Award at Parliament House, Sydney, yesterday by Assistant Planning Minister, Ms Diane Beamer.
The purpose of the award is to recognise the outstanding performance of people who have significantly improved the profile of heritage management in their local communities.
Ms Beamer said the community had volunteers to thank for years of effort in protecting and conserving places that are now reminders of the public's collective past.
Tweed MP Neville Newell said he was delighted that one of the volunteers honoured by the awards was recognised for her work on a major heritage site in the area.
"Rhonda James has been an inspirational leader and worker for bushland regeneration and the environment in Tweed Shire for many years," he said.