Nominate a leading woman

Nominations for the Coral McLean Awards which honour women displaying leadership are now open.

Now in their third year, the awards honour the great Coral McLean, regarded as the "mother of Mount Druitt", a tireless worker in the community until her death in 2011.

"The awards keep Coral's memory alive and recognise those women who have followed her example of selfless community service," Chifley MP Ed Husic said.

Award categories include the Coral McLean Awards, Chifley woman of the year and young Chifley woman of the year, open to ages 18 to 28. Nominations close at 5pm, on Wednesday, February 26. The winners will be announced on March 11. Application forms are available from Mr Husic's office.

Lodge forms: 9832 2641 (fax) or PO Box 259, Mount Druitt, NSW 2770. Details: 9625 4344.

Opal mine

The Opal card will be available to western Sydney commuters later this month, promising a cheaper, faster and more convenient journey.

A further extension of Opal across 26 stations will start on Friday, February 28, from Harris Park to Richmond via Schofields and to Emu Plains, connecting the whole Western line (T1). Customers can use many Opal benefits such as lower fares, weekly travel rewards, daily caps and discounts for off-peak travel.

For a customer travelling from St Marys to Town Hall, the single adult fare is $6.30 compared to $6.80 with a paper ticket and $4.41 for an Opal customer travelling off-peak.

For a regular trip from Werrington to Town Hall a weekly paper ticket costs $52, with Opal it costs $50.40 plus there is free travel on any mode for the rest of the week after eight paid journeys.

Commuters only pay for travel they use and fares are capped daily.

Customers can travel anywhere on any mode and pay no more than $15 daily Monday to Saturday and $2.50 on Sunday.

This story IN BRIEF first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.