Extract from the Message from the Chairman
FRRR was established to help communities in rural, regional and remote Australia address the challenges of smaller populations, distance from major services, adverse seasons and relatively unequal opportunity. It does not exercise the responsibility of government nor provide services available in some states but not others. It seeks to fill gaps and ensure that communities do not miss out because their voice is muted against the understandable noise of major cities.
The communities are diverse and many face major challenges in meeting expectations in health, education, employment and economic sustainability, accessing viable transport and managing the effects of extreme weather events. Accessing funds and providing the resources to meet local needs in these days of rising expectations fuelled by instant telecommunications is not easy.
The FRRR role in enabling community groups to access philanthropy and help meet those needs is increasingly significant. In FY 2016/17 nearly $6.7 million was distributed by FRRR to support 743 community projects.
We are deeply appreciative of each individual donor and partner who supported FRRR in our mission towards more vibrant and sustainable rural, regional and remote communities. A special thank you to those who have renewed or extended their commitment and a big welcome to all new donor partners. We look foward to working with each of you.
On behalf of the Board, I thank our Patron-in-Chief, His Excellency General The Honorable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and our Patrons, Baillieu Myer AC, Lady Southey AC and the Hon John Anderson AO for their ongoing support and enthusiasm for FRRR and commitment to promoting our purpose. I feel confident FRRR is justifying the expectations of our Founders and greatly appreciate the continuing personal endorsement our Patrons provide.
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Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC