2009 fire-affected communities continue to build resilience

Marysville waterfall mural

Community groups in areas affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires have received funding to deliver another 15 projects in their local areas, thanks to the latest round of FRRR’s Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W), funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

The 15 projects will share $170,000 to provide ongoing support for local recovery projects. Areas from Healesville, to Dederang and Balook will benefit from new and continuing community projects designed to build resilience and strengthen connections.

Despite the fires occurring nearly six years ago, FRRR continues to see the continued need for projects that support wellbeing and community resilience.

FRRR Program Manager, Natalie Egleton says that the University of Melbourne’s Beyond Bushfires Study on long-term mental health and recovery, reflects the importance of connections across and within communities, particularly in children and young people, and of participation in community life via local groups and activities.

“There continues to be requests from groups for projects that support youth and children and opportunities for people to build social networks and connections, reflecting ongoing needs in this area,” Ms Egleton said.

“Bushfire recovery is a long-term process and communities require support long after the immediate response. We are delighted to be able to help communities implement projects that respond to local needs and issues following the fires,” Ms Egleton explained.

FRRR continues to work with past disaster regions throughout Australia and welcomes any support people are able to provide, particularly heading into the summer months when extreme weather conditions occur.

The grants announced in this round are detailed below. The GR&W program will continue, with the next round of funding opening for applications early in 2015. For more information, go to the GR&W page.

Organisation

Project

Granted

Balook & District Residents’ Association

Traralgon South & District Card-making & scrap-booking

Supporting the local craft group with participant fees and some equipment. The group is achieving good outcomes in building social capital.

$3,400

Dederang Primary School

Building Student & Community Wellbeing

Continue employing a Wellbeing Coordinator at the local Primary School to provide students with opportunities to participate in their community and to build skills for coping with stress and general wellbeing.

$7,500

Food Relief Neerim District

Initiated by Fire & Wind, now time for reflection

Improved infrastructure for volunteers including a shipping container, shelving, storage, and personal hygiene related emergency relief items to support people in need.

$12,253

Glenburn Hall & Progress Association Inc.

Glenburn Growth Project

New local hall facilities including seating and tables for an isolated community of just 360 people who were heavily impacted by the 2009 fires. The hall is the only meeting place in the community.

$10,835

Healesville Living & Learning Centre Inc.

Koffee Kids – Barista training & employment project

Purchasing a coffee cart to train local youth to provide them with practical employment skills and pathways.

$10,500

Hillview Bunyip Aged Care Inc. 

Mower Madness for Maturing Men

Purchasing a ride-on mower so volunteers don’t need to use their own equipment and make it easier for them to maintain the aged care facility’s Men’s Shed and community garden on the 2.5 hectare site.

$4,200

Jindivick Progress Association Inc.

Community Wellbeing Retreats in Jindivick

Hold four wellbeing retreats freely accessible to fire-affected residents. Activities will include yoga, meditation, and massage.

$14,750

Kinglake Ranges Children’s Centre

Parenting Support Program

A program to build parental skill base, via a children’s centre for children and families still struggling in fire-affected communities.

$12,000

Strathewen Recreation Reserve Association Inc.

Fire Safety Upgrade for Peter Avola Memorial Pavilion

Improve disaster preparedness at the local Recreation Reserve by installing new fire pumps, gutter guard, sealing doors and moving gas cylinders underground.

$20,000

Upper Goulburn Community Radio Inc.

Emergency Broadcasting Generator

A generator to ensure radio transmission during emergencies and power outages.

$18,187

Wandong Heathcote Junction Community Group

Enhancing Access within Pickett Walk – a community quiet place

The area was established by volunteers but was destroyed by the 2009 fires. The group seek funds to enhance access and appeal for the local community.

$5,500

Yarra Glen & District Living & Learning Centre

Keeping the Community Connected, Healthy & Happy

Continue a community singing program, support a creative writing program including the production of a book of the group’s stories and purchase new exercise mats and weights for the health and wellbeing programs offered by the Centre.

$16,497

Yea Business & Tourism Association

Putting the Fun & Learning into the Yea Arts Carnivale

Build a website to promote and manage the annual Yea Arts Carnivale event. The Carnivale is a way of supporting the community to create and celebrate its identity through art and to bring visitors to the town.

$2,442

Yea Community Services Group

Yea Community Garden Project Worker & Plant to Plate Project

A project to engage people living in public housing or the caravan park in Yea, in a healthy eating and cooking program via the community garden.

$17,938

Yea High School

Bushfire Recovery

An intensive therapeutic wilderness program for at-risk fire affected youth at Yea High School.

$15,000

 

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