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.

Children from Arthur's Creek Primary School wearing CFA helmets

Helping little kids with their big feelings after bushfires

Community stories Disaster recovery stories: 26 April 2018

Arthurs Creek Strathewan CFA were given a $15,730 grant from the Grants for Resilience and Wellness program funded by Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund to deliver the Strathewen Primary School Fire Awareness Program, designed to support local students and help build their confidence around fire safety and preparedness.

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High school students tackle ICE epidemic in Tasmania

Community stories: 19 April 2018

The small town of Smithton, in Tasmania was in the grips of an ice epidemic, and this project developed a documentary targeted at high school students, highlighting how dangerous the ICE drug was to them and the community.

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Fitness connects a community and saves lives

Community stories: 19 April 2018

The Fit For Free program was developed and implemented by Toolangi Castella District Community House Inc (TCDCH) for a community community in Victoria that was severely impacted by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.

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Thallon a step closer to facilities to help locals age in place

Community stories: 26 March 2018

The Thallon Progress Association received an FRRR Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) grant of $7,032, funded by the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation. This enabled them to engage local solicitors and obtain specialist advice on the most suitable legal structure for their aged-care independent living units initiative.

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NSW communities to pilot community-led approach to disaster preparedness

Media releases: 1 March 2018

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that three NSW communities will be the first to trial a new national framework to improve community disaster preparedness and resilience.

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Katoomba families gain cooking confidence thanks to Co-op

eNews: 1 March 2018

The Blue Mountains Food Co-operative has been supporting and empowering the community to eat well and live healthily and sustainably in Katoomba, NSW for almost 50 years – well before it was trendy! They...

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Mirror Mirror… youth reflect impact of drugs & alcohol

Community stories: 28 February 2018

The Roper Gulf Regional Council worked in partnership with the Indigenous Community Volunteer organisation to adopt and adapt the 2014 Heywire Youth Innovation Grant project ‘Mirror Mirror on the Screen’ in a bid to increase awareness of the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse within families on young people. After working with the specialist drama teachers to script their play and develop their acting skills, the young cast had help from the local Council and community groups to build a stage, props and backdrops, funded via a Heywire Youth Innovation Grant for $8,074. The grant also funded the purchase of costumes and a sound system.

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Victorian Bushfire Recovery Grants Announced

Media releases: 8 February 2018

Today FRRR announce that 26 community groups will receive funding for projects to strengthen resilience and support long-term recovery goals in communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

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$565,000 in vouchers helps 11,000 rural kids go Back to School, ready to learn

Media releases: 7 February 2018

More than $565,000 is being distributed via this year’s FRRR Back to School program. It supports rural children and their families to access quality educational experiences by providing $50 vouchers that are redeemable for items necessary to start the school year.

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“It’s real and it’s happening now”

Community stories: 1 February 2018

Farmers for Climate Action know that the winds of change are upon farming in Australia and want to do something about it, with the help of an FRRR Not-for-profit fundraising account.

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