Grants support recovery in communities hit by 2013 disasters

Bendigo, 10 June, 2015: FRRR has announced the recipients of the Repair-Restore-Renew 2013 grant program. Twelve projects stretching from Ingham in Queensland to Marion Bay in Tasmania will share $137,633 to rejuvenate their communities and continue the long journey to recovery, following natural disaster events in 2013.

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 $3,098 to $15,000 for projects that include developing a strategy to build economic resilience, acquiring audio / visual equipment to communicate with large audiences during emergencies, refurbishing halls used for disaster information sessions, running workshops teaching mental wellness and providing training to ensure a significant historical collection survives future disasters.

FRRR CEO Alexandra Gartmann says the real value of this program is that it is so flexible. “The RRR program is deliberately diverse in the projects it supports because we know that communities have different concerns and recover at different rates. This funding provides long-term support for communities to reflect on the events of 2013 and identify areas of improvement in natural disaster recovery and response,” Ms Gartmann said.

The program is supported by a number of donors including Jewish Aid, Doc Ross Family Foundation, ING Direct Foundation, Wilson HTM, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and John T Reid Charitable Trusts. Donations are now being accepted to provide similar support for those who were affected by natural disasters earlier this year.





New South Wales


Baerami Memorial School of Arts Committee

Safety Maintenance for Baerami Fire Evacuation Site:
Purchasing a lawnmower to assist volunteers maintain the Neighbourhood Safer Place site and make the area more useable for community activities throughout the year.



Bugaldie Recreation Reserve Trust & Bugaldie War Memorial Site Trust

Kitchen – Meeting Room Refurbishment:
The hall is used for information sessions during bushfires and drought. Funds will support the upgrade of the toilet block and kitchen area of the hall to create a more functional, comfortable and appealing space for community activities.



Nambucca Emergency Operations Centre (Nambucca Shire Council)

Train Up – Essential Equipment for Volunteer Training:
Purchasing office equipment for the Nambucca Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) facility - a co-location for all emergency services for the Nambucca Valley, which was impacted by floods in 2013. The items will support communication and coordination of training with volunteers.



National Trust Australia – NSW (Norman Lindsay Gallery)

Saving Treasures from the Norman Lindsay Collection:
Training up to 45 volunteers, three staff members, and 15 community members in: Handling the Collection including items that are fragile, oversized or damaged; Disaster Recovery - preparation of collections when living in a disaster area and resources needed for a successful recovery; Disaster Planning - developing a disaster plan.




Heyfield War Memorial Hall Committee of Management Inc.

Video & audio Installation:
Purchasing and installing an audio-visual system at the community hall to improve the ability to communicate to large numbers of people during emergencies and for community events.




Bundaberg Skills Centre Inc. (IMPACT)

Kitchen Renovation:
Refurbish flood-impacted kitchen facilities to enable the organisation to re-engage clients in the cooking programs.



Gulf Savannah Development Inc.

Planning for Remote Economic Resilience:
Development of a Regional Economic Development Strategy across the six LGA’s covering the Gulf Savannah region. An outcome will be the gathering, documenting and sharing of local information on the impacts of the 2013 disasters on local economies.



Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre Inc.

Undercover, Enclosed & Lockable Outdoor Kitchen:
Installing an undercover, enclosed and lockable outdoor kitchen facility at the HUB. It was created in August 2014 as a flood-proof support centre to enable emergency service delivery, emergency relief food support and emergency and long-term accommodation in the event of a natural disaster.



Lockyer Valley Growers Inc.

Building Mental Wealth in the Lockyer Valley:
Running two training events, facilitated by Beyond Blue, with up to 30 people in each course. Also running a whole-of-industry “thrive” forum for up to 80 people. The project aims to help individuals develop skills and tools to implement mental health and wellbeing strategies.



Moura Community Kindergarten Inc.

Reaching for the Roof:
Extending an outdoor shelter to provide a sun-safe area. Since the 2013 floods, Moura Kindergarten's ability to raise funds has diminished as businesses, community groups and families deal with recovery priorities.



Rolleston Roos Rugby Union

Ice Machine & Freezer:
Purchasing of an ice machine, chest freezer and ice bags for use during emergencies when the town is without power and for community events throughout the year. During the 2013 floods the community of Rolleston, which sits between Emerald and Theodore, was isolated and had 108 days without power.




Marion Bay Coastcare Inc.

Marion Bay Viewing Platform:
Funds will support the construction of a viewing platform within the Private Nature Reserve at Marion Bay Beach. The platform will provide a lookout at the car park and a series of interpretation panels to provide a place to communicate the history, natural environment characteristics, opportunities and responsibilities of the area to all users. The project will engage local volunteers and workers in a project designed to enhance the region in the long term.



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