Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Grants awarded to initiatives tackling long-term impacts of 2009 Black Saturday bushfires

FRRR has awarded $414,927 in grants to 12 community groups and local not-for-profits through its Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) Kinglake program. This program is designed to provide communities in the Kinglake Ranges area with the resources they need to reconnect and recover from the long-term impacts of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

GRANTS FOR RESILIENCE & WELLNESS, Kinglake Ranges, Over $410,000 in grants awarded to Kinglake Ranges communities

The grants are possible thanks to the Victorian Bushfire Fund Appeal and funds that were raised by the general public following the bushfires 13 years ago. To date, 44 projects have shared in $1,297,840 in grants through the GR&W Kinglake program, which is now in its fourth year.

The grants being awarded in this round range from $4,000 to $120,749. The initiatives being funded focus largely on boosting community connectedness through upgrading community facilities and infrastructure that will make community amenities more accessible and undertaking cultural activities.

Nina O’Brien, Disaster and Recovery Lead at FRRR, said that it’s important that the people in these communities have the facilities and amenities to come together as a community.

“Thirteen years on from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, the community groups of Kinglake Ranges are still as determined as ever to build back better and bring people together, which is so crucial for the long-term recovery of areas that have been impacted by natural disasters.

“Despite the fact that so many years have passed, the people living in these communities have a shared experiences that make them uniquely qualified to understand what the region needs in order to continue moving forward and building their capacity for the future.

“In this round of applications, we saw that community members still need places where they can come together, connect and share stories, whether that be at a community hub, a workshop, a historical centre, a BMX track for kids or a youth space. That sense of community is what enables these disaster-impacted places to continue growing stronger,” Ms O’Brien said.

Some of the projects funded in this round include:

  • Flowerdale Community House Inc – $17,139 – Flowerdale – Foster community connectedness and enhance disaster preparedness by upgrading facilities at a key community hub.
  • Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House Inc – $53,604.10 – Kinglake – Strengthen community connectedness and sense of place through the inclusion of First Nations artwork on the Dindi Arts Trail.
  • Kinglake West Mechanics Institute and Reserves Committee Inc – $21,320 – Kinglake West – Strengthen community connectedness to local history and place by installing a disability access ramp at Kinglake West Historical Centre.
  • Toolangi District Community House Inc – $60,844 – Toolangi – Foster broad community participation and wellbeing through upgrading a community hub.

FRRR will continue to work closely with the community to allocate the remainder of funding available in line with program intent.

The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
Flowerdale Hall Reserve Committee of ManagementFoster community connectedness and enhance disaster preparedness by upgrading facilities at a key community hub.Flowerdale$17,139
Flowerdale Community House IncEnhance wellbeing and resilience of children and young people by supporting a feasibility study for BMX track in the Ranges.Flowerdale$54,870
Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House IncStrengthen community recovery and improve social wellbeing outcomes and connection through expanding creative workshop space at a community hub.Kinglake$120,749
Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House Kinglake Ranges ArtStrengthen community connectedness and sense of place through the inclusion of First Nations artwork on the Dindi Arts Trail.Kinglake$53,604
Kinglake Trust Reserve IncorporatedEnhance the facilities of a community asset to promote connectedness, by improving the acoustics of the Ellimatta Centre.Kinglake$13,547
Lions Club of Kinglake IncStrengthening community connectedness and community identity through the relocation and preservation of historical infrastructure.Kinglake$4,000
Kinglake Ranges Aquatic Centre IncBuild capacity for the future by engaging a consultant to support planning and advocacy for a local aquatic facility in the Kinglake Ranges, promoting health, wellbeing and community resilience.Kinglake$19,316
Middle Kinglake Primary School
Middle Kinglake Parents & Friends Association
Strengthen community connectedness, sense of place and resilience of children and young people through a mural at Middle Kinglake Primary School celebrating local identity.Kinglake$13,858
Kinglake West Mechanics Institute and Reserves Committee Inc
Kinglake Historical Society
Strengthen community connectedness to local history and place by installing a disability access ramp at Kinglake West Historical Centre.Kinglake West$21,320
Toolangi District Community House Inc
Foster broad community participation and wellbeing through upgrading a community hub.Toolangi$60,844
Toolangi District Community House Inc
Toolangi-Castella History Group

Strengthen community connectedness to local culture and heritage through securely archiving and sharing historic materials.

Toolangi$19,544
Toolangi-Castella Men’s Shed Strengthen the capacity of local people to connect and respond to community need by upgrading equipment at a Men’s Shed.Toolangi$16,136

Twenty-one projects in Victoria’s main dairy regions – Gippsland, Northern Victoria, and South-West Victoria – have been awarded $91,833 in grants, which will help to build the capacity of local community organisations and improve digital connectivity.

The grants are through the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program, which is delivered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). This marks the 20th year of the program, which has seen more than 500 grants awarded, valued at more than $2 million during that time.

The latest round of grants of up to $5,000 will go to grassroots organisations and not-for-profits that are critical to the sustainability of dairy farming in Victoria.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chief Executive, Allan Cameron, said he is delighted to continue supporting dairying communities.

“After 20 years, the Community Grants Program continues to support Victorian regions that are reliant on the dairy industry. Local groups play an important role in enhancing the vitality of these communities.

“These grants will help local organisations in many small towns to thrive with initiatives that range from COVID recovery and disaster preparedness, to improved digital capabilities and facility upgrades. The grants help to ensure the viability of these organisations,” Mr Cameron said.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said there was strong demand for this kind of support.

“Half of the projects receiving funding are geared towards building organisational capacity or improving access to the internet or digital technologies. This is a reflection of how the last couple of years have impacted remote, rural, and regional community groups and a great reminder of why it’s important to engage in conversations with the locals on the ground and find out how we can adapt our approach to better serve the needs of their communities.

“We are delighted to have maintained such a strong partnership with Gardiner Dairy Foundation for the last two decades,” Ms Egleton said.

Community groups were presented with their funds at a series of ceremonies held in the regions during June and July. A complete list of the projects supported is available below. They include:

  • Gippsland Dairy Region – The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation Inc received $5,000 to enhance literacy outcomes for Indigenous primary school children with a dedicated tutoring program.
  • Northern Dairy Region – Corryong Neighbourhood House Inc received $5,000 to grow the organisation’s capacity to support the community with the provision of computer equipment and software.
  • South-Western Dairy Region – Camperdown Botanic Gardens and Arboretum Trust Inc. received $4,752 to build organisational capacity through developing digital capability that will promote and enable wide engagement with Camperdown Botanic Gardens and Arboretum.

The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant

GIPPSLAND

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation Inc

Post COVID Literacy Support for Aboriginal Students in the Gippsland region
Enhance literacy outcomes for Indigenous primary school children with a dedicated tutoring program. 

Bairnsdale $5,000
Camp Cooinda Incorporated

Training Safety Boat Operators for Camp Cooinda
Build organisational capacity by training and upskilling volunteers to run camp activities. 

Banksia Peninsula $3,000
Manna Gum Community House Incorporated

Manna Gum Gathering Place - Stage 3
Improve the facilities of Manna Gum house with an electric BBQ for community gatherings.

Foster $5,000
Neerim District Soldiers Memorial Hospital

Communication Integrity - Satellite Phone
Improve the disaster preparedness of Neerim Soldiers Hospital with a Satellite Phone to maintain communications in an emergency. 

Neerim South $3,050
Port Albert Maritime Museum

Letting History Speak
Enhance tourism experience at the Port Albert Maritime Museum with audio installations to increase inclusivity and access.

Port Albert $5,000
Toora Primary School

Netball lines in Stadium
Increase access to all weather facilities for the Toora Primary School and surrounding community.

Toora $5,000
Trafalgar Holden Museum Inc

Replacement of chairs
Increase organisational capacity and community safety with the replacement of dilapidated chairs at the Trafalgar Holden Museum.

Trafalgar $5,000
Newry Hall Upper Maffra Mechanics Institute Incorporated

Hall Internet Connection
Reduce the digital divide for the Newry community with the provision of enhanced internet infrastructure at the Newry Hall.

Newry $3,000
Venus Bay Tarwin Lower and District Mens Shed Incorporated

“Stop Washing Dishes by Hand and Greater Community Participation”
Enhance operational infrastructure to support volunteer vitality through the purchase of a dishwasher for the Venus Bay Tarwin Lower and Districts Mens Shed.

Venus Bay $5,000
Welshpool and District Primary School

IncrediGirls
Develop lifelong educational opportunities for girls of Welshpool and District Primary School through the delivery of the IncrediGirls program focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) activities across the community.

Welshpool $5,000
NORTH EAST VICTORIA

Corryong Neighbourhood House Inc

Digital Growth
Grow the organisations capacity to support the community with the provision of computer equipment and software.
Corryong $5,000
Girgarre Community CentreBuilding Connections with Technology
Build the capacity of Girgarre Community House to increase community access to online services in collaboration with neighbouring town Stanhope.
Girgarre $5,000
Kyabram Development Committee IncorporatedKyabram Tastes & Tunes
Strengthen the social and economic outcomes of Kyabram through support of the Tastes and Tunes Festival.
Kyabram $5,000
Rochester Community House IncIt’s Time for New Tools
Improve facilities and equipment to increase participation and safety with the purchase of new tools for the Rochester Mens Shed.
Rochester $2,900
SOUTH WEST VICTORIA

Anam CaracHouse Colac Inc

Strengthening Community Connections through Information Technology Final stage
Build organisational capacity to support resident’s socialisation and staff training with Smart TV equipment.
Colac$2,446
Archers of Warrnambool Associated IncorporatedCombined Clubs Mower
Improve equipment to support volunteer participation with a mower to maintain grounds for combined community activity and tourism.
Allansford $5,000
Camperdown Botanic Gardens and Arboretum Trust Inc.Camperdown Botanic Gardens and Arboretum digital engagement project
Build organisational capacity through developing digital capability that will promote and enable wide engagement with Camperdown Botanic Gardens and Arboretum.
Camperdown$4,752
Loved and Shared IncorporatedLoved & Shared, Establishing the Warehouse
Increase organisational capacity of this start up not-for-profit group to repair and distribute nursery equipment and children’s clothing and items to the community.
Warrnambool$5,000
Pennyroyal Hall CommitteePennyroyal Hall Refurbishment
Improve community facilities at Pennyroyal by replastering the local hall.
Pennyroyal$5,000
Purnim Recreation ReserveUpgrade Pavilion Kitchen Appliances
Upgrade the kitchen facilities at the Purnim Community Recreation facility to support community events and activity.
Purnim$3,500
Simpson Indoor Bias Bowls Club IncIndoor Bowls Carpet Mat upgrade
Boost volunteer vitality with the provision of replacement bowls carpet to support community activity for the Simpson community.
Simpson$4,235