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.

Roof makeover in Warracknabeal

Community stories eNews: 13 December 2021

Deep in country Victoria, a definitive before and after makeover is apparent. For years the Golf Club of Warracknabeal, about 340 km north west of Melbourne, made do with a rusty and weathered roof sitting atop a building nearly 100 years old. 

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Members of the Kilkivan and District Men's Shed

In Kilkivan, there’s much more to the Men’s Shed than hammers and nails

Community stories eNews: 13 December 2021

A dedicated group in rural Queensland has accessed FRRR funding to help them build a new community facility in their town. Find out how much more there is to the Kilkivan Veterans and Community Men’s Shed than woodwork!

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Strength and connection for seniors in Boyup Brook

Strength and connection for seniors in Boyup Brook

Community stories eNews: 13 December 2021

In Boyup Brook, WA, the Community Resource Centre wanted to encourage older locals to keep fit and healthy. Despite the large numbers in the area (49% of community members are over the age of 50) there was no exercise group locally catering to the older age bracket, who are at risk from a sedentary lifestyle which affects their health and puts subsequent pressure on local health services.

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Reflections from the rural heartland: transitioning from relief agency to community ally

Reflections from the rural heartland: transitioning from relief agency to community ally

eNews Insights: 13 December 2021

Having worked at a community level for 5 years now, most recently as a Program Coordinator and Community Development Officer for Blackall Tambo Regional Council, Jaimee-Lee Prow has experienced first-hand the generosity and good intentions that relief agencies have when it comes to drought in remote, rural, and regional communities. However, these good intentions often don’t translate into practical and accessible support at a grassroots level. Here she shares her story.

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$200,000 in grants for ongoing recovery from March ‘21 floods

$200,000 in grants for ongoing recovery from March ‘21 floods

Media releases: 13 December 2021

FRRR, in partnership with Suncorp Group, has awarded $200,000 in grants to 17 community groups and local not-for-profits in rural areas impacted by the March 2021 floods and storms for initiatives that will support their recovery from the disaster.

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Funding boost for Bay & Basin not-for-profits

Media releases: 9 December 2021

Five not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in the Bay & Basin region are sharing in $99,494 in funding that will strengthen the NFP sector and inter-organisational relationships in Bay & Basin, helping the community to thrive and achieve long-term stability.

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Volunteer Emergency Services given Black Summer recovery boost ahead of fire season

Volunteer Emergency Services given Black Summer recovery boost ahead of fire season

2020 Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 7 December 2021

Thirty-five volunteer emergency services organisations supporting remote, rural and regional communities impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires are sharing $447,323 in grants.

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ANZ Seeds of Renewal gives rural and regional communities a $250,000 boost

Media releases: 30 November 2021

FRRR and ANZ have awarded $250,000 in grants to 22 regional community groups and NFPs through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program.

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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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Retaining the Pertame language

Retaining the Pertame language

Community stories eNews: 23 November 2021

The First Nations' Pertame language is severely endangered, and at risk of becoming yet another lost language within the next generation. Also known as Southern Arrernte, it is a Central Australian language that belongs to the Country around the Finke and Hugh Rivers, about 100 km south of Darwin. Right now, there are fewer than 10 fluent speakers of this language.

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