News

Thanks for popping by. In this area of the site, we share news of the grants we have awarded, our new partnerships and share stories about our organisation. From time to time, you’ll also find articles and our thoughts on key issues facing remote, rural and regional communities.

You can use the categories to the right to explore particular topics, including how FRRR is supporting communities affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires.

You’ll also find inspiring stories about some of the wonderful things community groups do with that funding. We also share a selection of media stories, where FRRR or a member of our staff has been featured. 

For any media enquiries, email Julie Weldon or call 0423 110 802.

Cumulative disasters slowing the Heartbeat of Rural Australia

Media releases: 29 November 2021

Cumulative disasters have taken a heavy toll on remote, rural and regional communities according to the Heartbeat of Rural Australia study findings released today.

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Simpson dairy farmers in a good place

Simpson dairy farmers in a good place

Community stories eNews: 27 January 2022

The effects of plunging milk prices and bushfires in South West Victoria had the community feeling strained. Front line workers were regularly being confronted with people breaking down because they couldn’t pay their bills, afford feed for their stock or feeling financial pressure. The Simpson & District Community Centre (SDCC) knew it was important to keep the conversation about mental health in the community open, to continue to break down the stigma associated with asking for help. So, they wanted to equip local community members with the skills to recognise mental health issues and provide resources for referrals to support services, as well as give them skills in self-care, given they were dealing with more and more people in crisis.

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Pizza and movie nights bring drought-hit Marra Creek community closer

Pizza and movie nights bring drought-hit Marra Creek community closer

Community stories eNews: 27 January 2022

Residents of the severely drought-hit Marra Creek community, in NSW, have traditionally had to travel up to 250km to see a movie or drive 80km to the nearest hotel for social get-togethers. The Marra Creek Public School Parents and Citizens Association decided things needed to change and set about creating an option for locals to enjoy pizza and a movie closer to home.

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Carpark drives more members to Burrum Men’s Shed

Community stories eNews: 27 January 2022

The resolution of issues causing frequent flooding of the carpark for the Burrum District Community’s Men’s Shed in Howard, QLD, has enabled more seniors to have safe access to opportunities to learn new skills with like-minded community members.

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Feral Cat Numbers Kept Under Control on Kangaroo Island

Feral Cat Numbers Kept Under Control on Kangaroo Island

2020 Bushfire Recovery Community stories eNews: 27 January 2022

Just off the South Australian mainland you will find Kangaroo Island (KI). Australia’s third largest Island, KI is known for its stunning nature reserves and wildlife. During the 2019/20 bushfires, the flora and fauna of KI was severely impacted. To help protect threatened species, the Nature Foundation are undertaking a project to eradicate feral cats from Dudley Peninsula.

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Vale Sidney Baillieu Myer AC

Media releases: 25 January 2022

The Board and staff of FRRR sadly note the passing of Sidney Baillieu (Bails) Myer AC. Mr Myer was instrumental in the formation of FRRR.

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Taree and Wingham community groups share in more than $150,000

2020 Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 17 December 2021

Community groups in Taree and Wingham will share $150,152 in grants thanks to FRRR's Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW (INFPC) grant program. The grants will enable local groups to invest in resources and build their capacity to support the ongoing recovery from the 2019/20 bushfires and floods earlier this year.

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Funding boost for Leeton not-for-profits

Funding boost for Leeton not-for-profits

Media releases: 17 December 2021

FRRR, in partnership with the VFFF, has awarded another $286,318 in grants to four Leeton NFPs to continue to build their capacity.

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Strengthening Batemans Bay not-for-profits

Strengthening Batemans Bay not-for-profits

Media releases: 16 December 2021

Seven not-for-profit organisations in Batemans Bay are sharing $131,106 in grants for capacity-building projects that will strengthen these groups, so they can continue to support their communities, through FRRR’s Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program.

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Ongoing support for Ulladulla not-for-profits

Media releases: 15 December 2021

Five not-for-profit organisations in Ulladulla are sharing $109,577 in grants for capacity-building projects that will strengthen these groups, so they can continue to support their community, through FRRR’s Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program.

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Funding strengthens Australia’s rural heartbeat

Funding strengthens Australia’s rural heartbeat

2020 Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 14 December 2021

Seventy-nine community-led projects that will boost remote, rural and regional communities across Australia are sharing in $809,234 in funding, thanks to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

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