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With small populations and remote locations, many WA and NT communities experience inequity in access to services and opportunities. The solutions for improved social, environmental, and economic opportunities lie in local knowledge. That is why FRRR is committed to increasing our grant-making in WA and NT.
We are developing a targeted outreach and engagement strategy to better understand the needs and gaps of community groups in these states, and inform how best to target our support. Early signs are it is having an impact. In FY20, in Western Australia there was a 26% increase year-on-year on the number of projects funded, and a 150% increase on the prior year in the Northern Territory.
Shooting for the stars in remote WA
The futures of young Aboriginal women in remote WA look much brighter than before, thanks to the ‘Shooting Stars’ program. Created by Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, it uses netball to empower young Aboriginal women to improve their school attendance rates, at the same time as promoting health and wellbeing. Participation is incentivised with the opportunity to be rewarded with attendance at a camp and this has had a huge impact on the success of the overall program.
In 2019, an FRRR Small Grant of $5,000, awarded in partnership with the Kapikarnpi Community Fund, funded the Confident Me Cultural Rewards Camp in Meekatharra, which was attended by 30 girls. The camp is much more than a netball program, as Shooting Stars addresses the gap created by gender imbalance in Indigenous support programs and achieves really inspiring results to drive social change.
The participants travelled On Country with a local Elder, experienced cultural activities and took part in a workshop addressing self-esteem, confidence, and managing social pressures.
“Being accepted onto the camp empowers these girls to feel that if they work hard, anything is possible.”
Melanie McKee, Community Investment Coordinator, 2019
Bright minds in Peel offer ESTEAM career advice on screen
In WA’s Peel region, the Bright Minds Peel initiative is focused on increasing engagement in entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (ESTEAM) activities. Its goal is to position communities so they are ready to upskill and respond to a rapidly changing world and workforce.
In 2019, supported by an $11,144 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant, Bright Minds Peel set out to simplify the quandary of choosing a locally relevant career path for high school students. The project developed five videos featuring
local employment success stories from young professionals in ESTEAM careers.
Community tree planting in remote NT
A Strengthening Rural Communities grant of $4,946, funded with the support of the John T Reid Charitable Trusts, helped address long-term
food security, as well as create a more inviting and welcoming street scape in the remote Indigenous homelands of Peppimenarti and Nganmarriyanga.
The grant supported the local Council’s tree planting initiative, which engaged community members in growing food and also created shady areas in these two homelands in the remote north of the Northern Territory.
In such extremely remote communities, food security is a very real issue. Many of the homeland communities do not have a shop and people must travel vast distances for basic supplies. Fruit trees are a great resource, as they contribute to improved individual and community health by enhancing and expanding the communities’ natural food resources. In addition, they support lifelong learning and education, from Elders to young children.
“West Daly Regional Council acknowledges the significant contribution of FRRR and its donor partner – John T Reid Charitable Trusts – for the grant funding for our tree planting in Nganmarriyanga and Peppimenarti; a meaningful project that highly benefits our Indigenous Australians in our remote communities.”
Kristine Matienzo, Grants Manager, West Daly Regional Council
Supporting NT’s seniors
NT Friendship & Support Inc (NTSF) hoped to
find 10 additional volunteers by using some of a
$4,090 Small Grant from FRRR, supported by The
Yulgilbar Foundation, to advertise their volunteering
With only a limited response from the drive and
therefore reduced training and onboarding coasts,
NTFS found themselves with surplus funds. With
FRRR’s approval, they directed the remaining
funding to the Seniors Community Bus initiative,
ensuring Seniors had support through the COVID-19
crisis. While not the volunteering outcome they
originally wanted, this project has had a positive
impact on the community.