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.

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Mackay get the power to support

Community stories: 12 March 2019

During Cyclone Debbie in 2017 the Pioneer River in Mackay, Queensland, broke its banks, flooding surrounding homes and businesses. The local Western Suburbs Clubhouse, spared from flooding, was used as a recovery centre after Cyclone Debbie at the request of local Police. The Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club received a Repair-Restore-Renew grant to install a power generator at the Clubrooms.

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More funds available to get rural people In A Good Place

Media releases: 7 February 2019

FRRR and CCI Giving are now inviting applications to Round 2 of the In a Good Place grants program to support projects that improve mental health in rural, regional and remote communities Australia-wide. Grants of up to $20,000 from an annual pool of $200,000. $100,000 is available for Round 2.

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Things get shady at Oxley Primary

Community stories: 21 January 2019

The Oxley Primary School in north-east Victoria wanted to ensure it could make the best use of its outdoor areas, with a strong environmental science program. The school lacked an undercover outdoor...

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Grants continue to support regrowth in the wake of Black Saturday fires

Media releases: 8 January 2019

Thirty-six community projects that will assist the continued recovery of communities impacted by the Black Saturday Bushfires will receive funding totalling $555,963. The groups are the latest recipients of the Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W) and Community Group Futures (CGF) programs.

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A bounty of local fresh produce and knowledge shared in Omeo

Community stories: 18 December 2018

Omeo District Health, centred in the remote Victorian Alps, provides primary health care to the communities of Ensay, Swifts Creek, Omeo, Benambra Dinner Plain and surrounds. The primary health care provider’s ‘Healthy Harvest’ produce and information exchange was boosted by a $4,150 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant.

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Fundraising account makes Mission Beach Water Park a reality

Community stories: 18 December 2018

For the residents of Mission Beach, there was no community swimming pool and the presence of deadly marine stinging jellyfish in the local beach during the summer months meant there was a real lack of water play facilities.

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More than $250,000 in grants to seed 27 rural community initiatives

Media releases: 5 December 2018

FRRR has announced 27 community groups will share in $250,000 in community grants, plus a further $12,990 in IT equipment, through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program.

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Online volunteering portal for Kinglake

Community stories Disaster recovery stories: 30 November 2018

After the devastation of Bushfires, it is often the volunteers who help bring rural communities back to life. The Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House (KRNH) Inc coordinates more than 50 volunteers to run the Op Shop and regularly participate in activities at the Centre.

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Barista training in Pemberton

Barista training for youth and disabled peoples in Pemberton

Community stories: 29 November 2018

With an employment shortage in the hospitality industry and limited access to local training for disadvantaged adults, the Pemberton Community Resource Centre (CRC) saw an opportunity to make a real impact. They used a $4,890 Small Grant for Rural Communities to run a barista training course, which caters for disabled people and youth.

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New partnership to help strengthen communities in rural, regional and remote NSW

Media releases: 29 November 2018

The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) have announced a $5 million, five-year partnership to strengthen a small number of rural, regional and remote communities in New South Wales.

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