Our podcasts look at the challenges faced by the community groups we work with and how they are tackling local issues through leadership, collaboration and innovative ways of funding projects and initiatives to make sure their community continues to thrive. It also puts the spotlight on the role that philanthropy can play in supporting them.
Episode 4: The Power of a shared passion for conservation
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 art has been an unlikely catalyst for an environmental project in outback Queensland and discuss the reasons why these projects break down isolation.
Speaking with botanical artist Jenny Mace and FRRR and AEGN Board member Annie Grindrod, we learn the value of people getting involved in projects that take into consideration the wider environment, and how this can be something that relieves the pressure of land owners during tough times.
- Watch an FRRR Insights video with the full interview of botanical artist Jenny Mace. Working in the Barcaldine - Desert Uplands region of Queenslands central west, Jenny's passion for painting flowers brings together diverse groups from the community, from her 'flower-gatherers' to the Queensland Herbarium and even the local men's shed.
Episode 3: Tourism eases the burden
In our third FRRR podcast, we look at a number of small rural towns in Queensland that are working to ease the financial burden during drought via tourism initiatives.
Journalist Cameron Wilson talks to Reverend Jenny Coombes of Longreach, who gives insight into the major effect that drought can have on small businesses in rural areas. Alan Smith, tourism operator and owner of ‘Outback Aussie Tours’ talks about the role of tourism and their marketing messages during tough times, and Stuart Mackenzie of the Outback Gondwana Foundation is interviewed about the great opportunity that the small community of Eromanga is excited about – a new museum for its impressive collection of dinosaur and megafauna fossil finds.
- WATCH an FRRR Insights video, interviewing the Outback Gondwana Foundation, the group responsible for preparations for a new museum for Eromanga's impressive collection of dinosaur and megafauna fossil finds. Supported by a Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program, this exciting tourism venture also provides an outlet for local community members to get together and focus on something other than the drought.
Episode 2: Helping kids helps parents, too
In the second FRRR podcast we turn our attention to programs designed for kids that also ease the burden for parents dealing with drought. You'll hear how adults are enjoying the benefits of their kids' music classes and why getting involved with school camps offers lasting respite from the pressures at home.
Journalist Cameron Wilson talks to parents in Charters Towers (Northern Queensland) and Prairie (Central North West Queensland) who find themselves getting some unexpected relief from their kids’ involvement in camps and music lessons. This episode also includes an interview with Bruce Scott, a community leader in Windorah, who explains the benefit of having kids around to bring parents together.
- WATCH an FRRR Insights video, interviewing the Prairie Primary P&C Association, about how a Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant helped broaden their students learning through music and in the process, brought their community together.
Episode 1: Physically fit, mentally fit
To coincide with Mental Health Week, our first podcast looks at the remote community health projects that are improving physical and mental wellbeing, as well as building stronger connections for people in remote or isolated locations.
Journalist Cameron Wilson speaks to GLENRAC Project Manager Pamela Benton and Windorah Police Officer Paul Jackson about the benefits fitness projects have delivered in their communities. This episode also includes the special commentary of Alison Fairleigh from the Mental Health Fellowship in Northern Queensland.
- WATCH an FRRR Insights video, interviewing Windorah community leader, Bruce Scott, about how a Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant helped make their annual community event a success.