Disaster affected communities receive support

FRRR has announced the recipients of the first grants to support communities up and down the east coast of Australia that were affected by natural disasters during 2013. Twenty projects stretching from Theodore in Queensland to Dunalley in Tasmania will share $232,630.

Repair-Restore-Renew 2013 (RRR 2013) is a collaboratively funded program that supports the medium-to-long term recovery of communities impacted by the bushfires, cyclones and floods in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in 2013. 

Grants awarded range from $1,995 to $15,000 for projects that include developing a fire plan, enhancing community infrastructure, including halls that were used as evacuation centres, replacing children's play equipment, and activities designed to help those affected to recover, such as art, theatre and community gardens.

FRRR CEO Alexandra Gartmann says the real value of this program is that it is so flexible. "Communities recover at different rates and in our experience, it is typically12-18 months before the individuals affected are ready to begin looking at what needs doing in their community. The RRR program is deliberately broad in the projects it supports because we know that just as communities recover at different rates, they have different priorities."

The program is funded by a collaboration of donors, including Jewish Aid, Doc Ross, ING Direct, Wilson HTM, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, John T Reid Charitable Trust, the Federal Government and FRRR.

Organisation

Project

Location

Grant

Blue Mountains City Council

Art in the Park

A community art project delivered in collaboration with Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre at the Yellow Rock Reserve in the Blue Mountains will support the creation of a bushfire safe place for the community and a place for families to meet throughout the year.

Blue Mountains, NSW

$15,000

Blue Mountains City Council

Yellow Rock Reserve Play Equipment

Funds will contribute towards creating a playground that meets the needs of children in diverse development stages and age groups, attracting a greater number and range of people to the meeting place.

Blue Mountains, NSW

$10,000

Mountains Community Resource Network Inc.

More than a Fire Plan

This project will build on a series of community forums which cover topics such as staying safe and making good decisions during emergencies. The forums will provide practical tips for being prepared. Funds will support fifteen forums in the lead up to the 2015-16 fire season.

Blue Mountains, NSW

$15,000

Orama School Parents & Friends Association

Play in the Shade

Funds will support the installation of a shade structure over the playground at the Orama School; the only playground in the community.

Orama, NSW

$15,000

Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Dharug Bush Tucker Garden & Outdoor Classroom

This project will bring together and involve the Winmalee Public School community, parents and carers in the development of an Indigenous Bush Tucker Garden and outdoor learning resource on an existing garden on the grounds of Winmalee Public School.

Blue Mountains, NSW

$8,300.00

Aldershot & District Community Association

Generator, Bedding, Linen

Funds will assist with the purchase of equipment for use during emergency evacuations in the town of Aldershot.

Aldershot, QLD

$3,765

Community Radio of Wondai Association Inc.

5 Towns 5 Days

The 5 Towns, 5 Days - 2014 project will take the CrowFM community radio station on the road to broadcast live from five different towns in five days. The broadcasts will share stories of community recovery and resilience and provide information about emergency and community services.

South Burnett region, QLD

$6,900

Lions Club of Maryborough Granville Inc.

Granville Community Disaster Preparedness Project

Funds will be used to purchase a portable generator for use during emergencies and for community events throughout the year.

Maryborough/Granville, QLD

$1,995

Lions Club of Munduberra Inc.

Lions Trailer

The community of Munduberra will benefit from a trailer which will enable safe transportation of a BBQ for community events.

Munduberra, QLD

$8,000

Munduberra Show Society Inc.

Develop Evacuation Centre

Funds will assist the Society to line and paint the walls and ceiling of the Pavilion for use during emergency evacuations and throughout the year for community activities.

Munduberra, QLD

$15,000

Red Earth Community Foundation South Burnett

South Burnett Community Leadership Program

Funds will support three flood-affected residents of the South Burnett region to participate in the 2015 leadership program, a workshop for the alumni of the 2014 program, and a workshop for the combined 2014 and 2015 alumni

South Burnett, QLD

$15,000

Scripture Union Queensland

Camp Cobbold 2014: Creativity in the Jungle

Funds will enable the volunteer run camp to purchase stretcher beds, marquees and tents.

South East QLD

$15,000

SEQ Catchments Members’ Association

Strategic remediation of Gully Erosion and Stream Bank Failure in the Production Rural Landscape

Funds will support the development of four case studies followed by two strategic restoration guides; one for gullies and one for river bank failure.

South East QLD

$11,750

Theodore Community Link Inc.

Comedy Theatre Dinner

150 flood affected residents will be treated to a free comedy show by the Footlights variety comedy show, audience participation and a meal. The night out will support community connectedness and will provide relief from ongoing recovery work.

Theodore, QLD

$7,200

Glenmaggie Mechanics Institute

Glenmaggie Mechanic’s Institute Improvements

The Mechanics Institute is used for information sessions and evacuation during bushfires. Funds will purchase and install three split system air-conditioning units, 11 screen blinds and bright federation lighting.

Glenmaggie, VIC

$15,000

Heyfield Community Resource Centre Inc.

Jazzing up Heyfield

This project will engage the local community in the planning, coordination and implementation to reinvigorate existing and create new community spaces through art and landscaping within the township of Heyfield.

Heyfield, VIC

$9,500

Heyfield Community Resource Centre Inc.

Community Safety Plan

The communities of Heyfield, Seaton, Dawson, Glenmaggie, Cowwarr, Coongulla, Winnindoo, Denison and Nambrok will work together to form a committee to research and prepare safety plans for their communities. Funds will be used to engage a facilitator to work with the communities in the development of their plans and to support project delivery costs

Gippsland, VIC

$15,000

Bream Creek Farmer’s Market

Bream Creek Farmer’s Market Production Garden

Funds will support the establishment of a Community Production Garden for the Bream Creek Farmer’s Market and local residents wishing to grow fruit and vegetables as their own gardens continue to be re-established following the 2013 bushfires.

Bream Creek, TAS

$7,500

Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House Inc.

Dunalley Community Garden

Funds will support a project to re-develop, enhance and expand the community garden damaged by the bushfire that devastated the township of Dunalley and surrounds in 2013

Dunalley, TAS

$14,966

Tasman Council

Murdunna Playground Shade Sail

The natural shade provided by trees at Jackson’s Park was destroyed by the 2013 fires and there is a need for protection from the sun and all weather access to the playground. Funds will support shade sails to create a 100m2 shaded area at Jackson’s Park in Murdunna.

Murdunna, TAS

$15,000

 

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