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.

Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program to launch in Victoria

Event Media releases: 20 November 2020

FRRR is inviting community members in Myrtleford, Beaufort, Korumburra, Paynesville, St Arnaud, Whittlesea and Yarra Junction to find out how the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program can help them to prepare their communities for future disasters at a free webinar on Thursday, 3 December at 7pm.

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ANZ Seeds of Renewal program helps 26 community groups in regional Australia

Media releases: 17 November 2020

ANZ and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal have announced 26 community groups across regional Australia will share $250,000 in grants through the The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program.

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Partnership will help to strengthen communities impacted by Black Summer bushfires

Bushfire recovery Media releases: 16 November 2020

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal's Black Summer bushfire recovery funding has been bolstered thanks to a $250,000 donation from the Waislitz Foundation, in partnership with Australian Community Media. These funds will go towards supporting projects that focus on the recovery of the people and places impacted by the 2019/20 summer bushfires.

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Leading in Longreach

Community stories: 26 October 2020

A grant of $14,500 from the Tackling Tough Times Together program, co-funded by the Qantas Foundation and Friends of FRRR, meant that 20 people in Longreach, QLD, had the opportunity to participate in a leadership development program. Over three days, participants learned a number of new skills to further their personal and professional leadership development. An Alumni day gave people in the area the opportunity to network with their community.

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A new historic cellar for Beltana

Community stories: 26 October 2020

Beltana is a small, state heritage listed town with a population of 35 people located 540 km north of Adelaide in South Australia. A $15,000 grant funded by ANZ and administered by FRRR meant that the town could uncover and restore a 70-year-old cellar under the local Assembly Hall. Now, the space is used as a local gallery and is a tourist destination.

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Tenterfield and the beat of the bush

Community stories: 23 October 2020

When a popular city-based summer school music program made plans to bring the beat to the bush and put on a show alongside it, the whole community of Tenterfield NSW let the rhythm takeover.  Recently...

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Friends of St Brigid’s get creative during COVID

Community stories: 20 October 2020

The Friends of St Brigid's (FoSB) Association Inc is a community organisation formed in 2006 after the closure of the local Church and Hall in Crossley, Victoria. The group purchased the buildings and...

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Episode 4: The Power of a shared passion for conservation

Community stories: 20 October 2020

In our fourth and final podcast in this series, journalist Cameron Wilson discovers that a shared interest in conservation and environment can be a potent driver of social cohesion. We discover how botanical...

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Insights from the bush – October 2020

Insights: 18 October 2020

Each quarter, we ask FRRR's staff to share some of their observations from speaking with community leaders across the country, and reviewing grant applications. Below are a few comments from looking back on the first quarter of FY21.

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Donor News – October 2020

Donor newsletter: 15 October 2020

The quarterly update shares the impact of a grant for the Pittsworth Men's Shed, an update from our CEO, including how rural communities are coping with COVID, and news of $2.2 million awarded in bushfire recovery grants. There's also an interview with long-term partner The Sally Foundation.

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