Flood Recovery Appeal 2022

Supporting flood-affected remote, rural & regional communities

Once again, FRRR is preparing to support the recovery of rural communities – this time, the many places across Australia that have been affected by floods in 2022.

The flood waters were at record levels in many areas, with whole communities evacuated in some cases and the devastation is widespread. The social and economic impact will be severe.

The compounding impacts of these floods, especially following severe drought, bushfires, and COVID restrictions mean the recovery will be long, with varied and complex challenges unique to each town.

These communities will need support. With your help, we will be there, beside them, in their recovery.

Wilson Asset Management

Wilson Asset Management is passionate about making a difference for shareholders and the community. If you are able to, we encourage you to add your support to this appeal, just as many of you did in 2019/20, in response to the Black Summer Bushfires and widespread drought.

Your contribution makes a difference. Read about some of the community-led projects that FRRR has supported with donations to its Black Summer Bushfire Appeal.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the devastating floods in New South Wales and Queensland. At Wilson Asset Management we are passionate about making a difference for shareholders and the community and in 2019, with the support of our shareholders we were able to raise over $1 million for Australians affected by the bushfires and drought for the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund. As flood waters reach record highs, the impacts of this natural disaster will be felt in communities for years to come. We are proud to be supporting the Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund again as well as FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities Program.”

Geoff Wilson AO
Chairman, Wilson Asset Management

Supporting community-led recovery

2022 floods - Murwillumbah

Local context matters and investment in the recovery and resilience of people and delivery organisations makes the biggest difference. That’s why FRRR provides grants to local not-for-profits and community groups for community-led recovery and resilience.

With more than 20 years’ experience, FRRR is connected and networked at the grassroots level of remote, rural, and regional communities and takes a long-term approach to our support, listening and providing targeted funding as needs emerge and phases of recovery evolve.

We invite you to join FRRR in getting support where and when it is needed by giving to our Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund. By contributing to this fund, we will invest and draw earnings annually from your contribution to support these communities, and others affected by future disasters, through our grants and support programs in the years to come. It is a gift that will keep on giving.

Alternatively, if you donate to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities program for flood recovery, we’ll utilise this in our collaboratively funded program to make grants with your donation, and others. This program is broad and flexible, open all year round and announced quarterly – its ready to support community organisations as and when they need.

Can you lend your support? If so, please donate now.

Donations can be allocated to all rural, regional, and remote communities,
or for specific regions or communities.

If you have questions, email FRRR’s Partnerships and Services team or call 1800 170 020.

Your support could fund projects like these …

The kinds of things that can be funded are diverse and reflect the needs the community identifies, but it could include rebuilding infrastructure, supporting vulnerable community members and the overall mental health of locals, providing opportunities for locals to reconnect and share their experiences, as well as looking at ways of improving resilience and how the community can prepare for future disasters.

Below are snapshots of a few projects FRRR has previously funded in other disaster recovery programs. Get in touch if you’d like to know more about how other organisations have recovered from disaster events.

Gracemere SES

One less dilemma for Gracemere’s SES

In 2017, the Gracemere SES received a $5,000 grant from FRRR to fit out a second SES vehicle with a purpose-built storm and rescue tray. With this new vehicle, Gracemere SES increased its operational response by 26% to achieve over 750 hours of response to the community, including sand bagging, debris clean up, flood boat rescue and temporary repairs.

Powering the SES in emergencies

Severe thunderstorms are nothing new in the Clermont region of central Queensland. But the super cell that hit in the wake of Cyclone Debbie in 2017 was next level. A grant from FRRR’s Repair-Restore-Renew program for $14,712 enabled the Clermont SES to purchase and install a backup diesel generator.

Dungog Bounce Forward

Dungog learns from the past in preparing for the future

Following a devastating storm event, Dungog Information & Neighbourhood Service received a $14,200 grant from FRRR to run a series of community preparedness expos and distribute preparedness kits, reaching more than 350 households within the Dungog and Stroud areas, as well as a further 42 homes from neighbouring communities.

Five reasons to support FRRR’s Flood Recovery Appeal

  1. FRRR can reach community groups in remote, rural and regional Australia that often don’t have the capacity to fundraise locally, and due to their tax status, have trouble accessing philanthropic support.
  2. We rigorously assess the organisations and projects that receive grants.
  3. All grant recipients have to report back on how they used the money, and what they achieved.
  4. FRRR’s administration costs are low.
  5. FRRR is trusted, known, respected, enduring, and well governed. You can be assured that your donations will be managed with care and directed to local community groups and not-for-profit organisations, for local projects, supporting local people.

Further information

Email Sarah Matthee, General Manager, Partnerships & Services or call 1800 170 020 to make a lasting difference by joining with other donors who are passionate about rural communities and provide a helping hand in times of need.