2011 RRR Program - Funded Project Round 2

Funded Projects - Round 2 of the 2011 RRR Program:

Remember when they came. Following the January 2011 flood an army of volunteers descended on Charlton and assisted with the clean-up and initial recovery work. Fund supported an event to reconnect with many who supported Charlton and showcased the progress the community had achieved. Chalrton residents gave a 'key to the town' to the volunteers as thanks for all their efforts and support. Remember When They Came was held during volunteer week in May 2012. Charlton Forum Inc. VIC - $11,250

 

Strong Roots - Resilient Communities. Ten communities and over 100 volunteers in the Buloke Shire are participating in developing a travelling historical exhibition. The exhibition will tour the Buloke Shire and then be displayed in the Public Records Office for one year. The volunteers are guided by a consultant and have attended training to assist in identifying historical items from the Buloke Shire and how to display the items appropriately. The funding will assist in the purchase display cases to be used in the travelling exhibition, be distributed to six existing museums across the Shire after the exhibition has finished. Charlton Golden Grains Museum, VIC - $15,490

East Loddon Food Share and Air Conditioning Project. A need to support struggling farming residents whose income had been affected by the floods was identified by local relief agencies. The East Loddon Food Share program was set up in response, and over 750 grocery bags were distributed to the East Loddon community in the first three months of operation.  Funds will assist purchase a computer, stationary, food and kitchen equipment. This will assist volunteers with coordination of the program. In addition, funding will support the installation of air conditioning at the Community Centre so that the 40 volunteers involved with the program can work in comfort. East Loddon Community Network, VIC - $18,000

Kitchen Facilities & Equipment. Laharum Hall is situated next to the local Primary School, Preschool and Laharum Sports, making it the hub of the local community. The hall is used regularly by community groups, individuals and families for educational and social events, plus visiting health providers and other services. More recently the hall has been used for disaster management with the 2009 bushfires and 2011 flood recovery. Funds will support items for the kitchen, and support an increase in use and attendance. Laharum Hall Committee, VIC - $6,165

Enhanced Fundraising for Flood Effected Communities. Since the 2011 floods the Mildura Lions Club has provided catering at over 90 community events across the Sunraysia region. The Club provides volunteer labour, marquees and a catering service. This is provided free of charge or the proceeds are donated to charitable and community organisations. Funds will assist the group to purchase a portable generator, resource trailer and storage shed. The trailer will be used to transport the equipment, the generator will supply power when catering in remote locations and the shed will allow all the equipment to be stored at a central point. Lions Club of Mildura, VIC - $19,730.60

Rochester Flood Recovery and Community Redevelopment. The Rochester community went through a consultation process to identify and develop a flood recovery plan. Funding will assist employ an administration / support worker on a part time basis over two years to assist the recovery committee with responsibilities and ensure the Rochester community recovery plan is implemented. Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) VIC - $20,000

Dunolly SES Kitchen & Toilet Upgrade. Due to increased community use and an increase in membership, Dunolly SES is currently upgrading the unit building. The funding secured for the planned upgrade did not include funds to upgrade the kitchen and toilet facilities. FRRR funds will be used to upgrade the kitchen and construct a disabled toilet and a shower recess. State Emergency Services/ Dunolly Unit, VIC - $20,000

Mission Evolve Music Fest (MEMF) is a community showcase which gives acts from Far North Queensland an opportunity to ‘strut their stuff’ for the wider Mission Beach community. Support will facilitate the invitation of two headline acts to perform at MEMF. The organisation ensures that the local groups and artists comprise 75% of the entertainment.  MEMF is open to all forms of artistic expression: live music, DJ’s, workshops, sculpture, percussion, roaming performance and circus spaces to market stalls and delicious food. Cassowary Region Arts Council Association, QLD - $10,000

Life Balance – Recovery Workshops. High demands on individuals working in the cyclone and flood affected areas of Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell have resulted in community members suffering from mental health issues brought on by excessive stress and transference of trauma. This project will deliver a series of life balance workshops to improve the well-being of teaching staff, small business owners and community recovery volunteers and workers in the area. Community Support Centre Innisfail Inc., QLD - $8,000

Building Resilience in our Community through Arts and Culture. Forrest Beach is a small community on the coast north of Townsville. Since Cyclone Yasi and the floods there have been limited opportunities for the retirees and young families in the Forrest Beach community to come together. The project will support a musical/ art festival to enable community reconnection in a fun and entertaining environment. Forrest Beach State School Parents and Citizens’ Association, QLD - $4,300

Hall upgrade and refurbishment. Located in the Lockyer Valley, the Forest Hill School of Arts building became the designated evacuation and recovery centre during the devastating floods of 2011. Recent work left only the toilet area needing new flooring, with the final touch to complete the overall upgrade of the facility being the purchase of new tables and chairs and an outdoor setting. These additions will allow the ongoing use of the hall and the provision of a functional venue for the community. Forest Hill School of Arts, QLD - $10,236.90

 

Repairs to the Showground Infrastructure. The showgrounds at Laidley, in the Lockyer Valley were badly damaged during the 2011 floods. This showground is widely used by the community for a range of activities including: a stop-over for tourists, community groups, families and also the annual show. A new fence will help restore the venue to one the community can be proud of, as well as ensuring the safety of users of the facility. Laidley Agricultural & Industrial Society, QLD - $20,000

 

Rotary Shelter Sheds at Wongaling Beach. Cyclone Yasi winds and storm surge created havoc in the public area of Wongaling Beach, washing away and destroying vegetation and all amenities in the vicinity. This park is one which provides a recreational facility for the local population as well as the travelling public. The funds will contribute to the erection of three new shelters. The local Rotary club are contributing funding and in-kind support. Mission Beach Rotary Club Inc., QLD - $20,000

Mental Health Support for Flood Affected Persons – Ashford to Moree. The emotional impact of the 2011 flooding has left a legacy of disaffected community members in its wake. This project will focus on the mental health of residents in the northern NSW Moree to Ashford region affected by the floods through the provision of free counselling sessions for individuals, families and volunteer groups.  BEST Employment Limited – Inverell, NSW - $5,000

Resurfacing of the Macksville Scout Hall Floor. Macksville Scouts Hall, located north of Nambucca Heads, was impacted by the 2011 floods. This project aims to resurface the floor with cost-effective bamboo flooring, which is environmentally friendly and simple to install. Once the floor has been resurfaced, the community of Macksville will again be able to use the facility for activities such as lead lighting, orchid society functions, meetings of other community groups, and of course, the scouts. The Scout Association of Australia NSW Branch: Nambucca Valley Scout Group, NSW - $5,000

Valla Beach Community Storage Shed. The decreased capacity of community groups to fundraise following the 2011 floods has meant that in order to continue providing community facilities, organisations have had to look elsewhere. This project will support the purchase and installation of a shed for the Valla Beach Community Association to protect and store equipment used for the local markets and other community events, assisting with future fundraising. Valla Beach Community Association, NSW - $5,000

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