ANZ supports Australia’s rural communities with more than $250,000 in Seeds of Renewal grants

Media releases: 18 January 2018

Bendigo, 18 January 2018: ANZ has announced the recipients of its 2017 Seeds of Renewal program, with 26 community organisations from across regional Australia set to share in more than $250,000 in funding.

Celebrating its 15th year, the Seeds of Renewal Program funded by ANZ, administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and supported by Lenovo, aims to encourage initiatives that help to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

Since 2003, Seeds of Renewal has provided over $4.5 million in grants to more than 800 community projects from across regional Australia. 

Commenting on the participating organisations, ANZ General Manager Business Banking, Isaac Rankin, said, “This year’s recipients demonstrated the entrepreneurial spirit, passion and strong community collaboration that exist in regional Australia, and we’re proud to play a role in helping to ensure these communities continue to thrive.”

FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said, “The innovative approaches to supporting the growth and the sustainability of rural and regional communities were extremely impressive, with applicants addressing issues as wide-ranging as pollution, community participation, tourism and infrastructure.”

Alice Springs based Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation will receive a $15,000 grant to support its work in capturing and documenting culturally significant information for future generations in video and audio form.

Commenting on the importance of its work, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation Community Engagement Coordinator, Cynthia Paton, said, “Across Central Australia there is a growing concern that Elders with strong cultural and complex language knowledge are not passing it down to younger generations.

“The grant will help ensure Indigenous youth have access to important cultural information, strengthening Indigenous community vibrancy and sustainability, as well as increasing wider community knowledge, understanding and respect for local Indigenous culture.”

The full list of recipients is below, or jump to state lists: NSW|NT|QLD|SA|TAS|VIC|WA




Amount Awarded


Dungog Information and Neighbourhood Centre

Bee Rapt Dungog
Help Dungog become plastic free through the purchase of sewing equipment to produce reusable fabric shopping bags and beeswax food wraps.



Steppin’ Out 4 Youth Inc

Empowering Youth to Grow!
Build employability amongst disengaged youth, and facilitate connections with business owners, in Leeton via an employment program.



Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) Inc

Southern Tablelands Tech Hub
Improve access to training for micro arts businesses in the Southern Tablelands through the purchase of laptops and internet for a mobile tech hub.

Binalong, Harden, Braidwood


Uarbry Hall Association Inc

Rebuild Uarbry Hall
Contribute to the replacement of the community hall lost in the St Ivan bushfire, enabling the community to have a public meeting space for community events and social gatherings.




Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Bush Tucker Stories
Enable local youth to record and share Elders’ stories, capturing vital culture and strengthening and sustaining community life in an extremely remote town.




Canvas Coworking Inc

AIM – Accelerating Innovative Mumpreneurs Regional and Rural Business Boot Camps
Start, grow and scale microenterprises through the delivery of business boot-camps for women across regional and remote areas of the Western Downs Regional Council. 



Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Inc

Care from Door to Door
Help to meet the demand for affordable medical transport assistance across the Cooloola Coast with the addition of another vehicle.

Tin Can Bay


Startup Gladstone Inc

Mount Larcom District’s Hi-Tech Early-preneur
Equip primary students with entrepreneurial and new technologies skills through a business building skills program at Ambrose State School.

Mt Larcom


Thallon Progress Assoc

Thallon Embracing Tourism
Improve visitor experiences in Thallon through the purchase of signage, new landscaping at the campground and an audit of social media activity.




Andamooka Progress & Opal Miners Assoc

From History to New Beginnings – Arts Re-Energising Andamooka
Create a range of opportunities for community participation in arts-based activitie, to establish cottage industries and enrich the local tourism experience.



Australian Migrant Resource Centre

Licenced to Drive
Support newly resettled migrants to participate in the local economy and community through a volunteer-run driver education and road safety program.

Border Town


Foodbank of South Australia Inc

Fruit Handling Equipment for Berri Warehouse
Enable efficient sorting and distribution of donated fruit and vegetables to welfare agencies and families in need through the purchase and installation of a fruit bin-tipper and conveyor belt.



Tumby Bay Progress Assoc Inc

Colour Tumby – Esplanade Free Public Wi-Fi project
Strengthen social connections and stimulate tourism through the purchase and installation of infrastructure to deliver free public Wi-Fi on the Tumby Bay esplanade.

Tumby Bay



The Unconformity Inc

Development of a Community Arts Hub in Queenstown
Stimulate the local arts sector and economy through an inclusive arts space for exhibitions, performances, workshops and meetings.




Corryong Neighbourhood House Inc

Nuts and Bolts
Enhance future employment opportunities and the ability to remain living locally by delivering a vocational training program to young people in Walwa via a rural services social enterprise.



Inverloch Jazz Festival Inc

25th Anniversary – Sharing Great Jazz
Enhance the quality of audience experience at the Inverloch Jazz Festival by hiring professional sound equipment.



The Reach Foundation

Changing Perceptions workshop in Robinvale
Improve students’ potential to succeed by delivering a series of workshops designed to build positive connections and mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cohorts.




ABC Foundation

Don’t Let Your Crop Rot
Develop a social enterprise to increase local fresh food availability, local employment, and reduce food waste, through the purchase of a trailer and display / storage equipment.



Broome Aboriginal Media Assoc Aboriginal Corp

Bring our Radio Station into the 21st Century
Strengthen capacity of Indigenous and disabled volunteers, and media students, to broadcast culturally relevant local news, current affairs and music across the Kimberley region, via the upgrade of community radio station infrastructure.



Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence Inc

Turning Good Ideas into Extraordinary Experiences
Strengthen regional economic growth and small tourism business capacity through a 12-week mentoring and skills development program, and a series of general tourism workshops. 

Denmark, Mt Barker, Kojonup, Bremer Bay


Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern (Shire of Broomehill – Tambellup)

Unearthing the Capability – Blooming in our Communities!
Develop skills, knowledge and capacity of local volunteer groups to successfully deliver local tourism events and attractions.

Various locations in SW WA


Pingrup Community Resource Centre

Pingrup Silo Trail
Create a cultural program that will stimulate local tourism and strengthen local community identity through murals, workshops and public events.