Responding to natural disasters

FRRR has been supporting communities impacted by natural disasters since 2006. We know how sudden and devastating they can be and how long recovery can take.  We also know that being prepared for disasters is critical as they become more frequent and severe.  

Funds are raised from the time of the event, however in keeping with FRRR’s Natural Disaster Response Framework, funds are not dispersed until 12 months after a natural disaster has been declared. This ensures support is available for the medium to long term recovery process.

This page details the various natural disasters that we are currently supporting or have supported in the past.

FRRR is currently fundraising to support communities affected by natural disasters. While those affected receive immediate and short-term assistance from State Governments and emergency relief groups, we know from experience that they will still need support in 12-18 months, when the focus has moved on to future disasters. You can help by donating now to help the medium to long-term recovery needs that will emerge. Our Natural Disaster Recovery Fund can accept donations of any size and issue tax deductible receipts for donations over $2.

2016/17 disasters

  • Queensland and New South Wales communities impacted by Cyclone Debbie - March 2017
  • New South Wales areas impacted by Wurrumbungle Bushfires – February 2017

2015/16 disasters

  • Tas impacted by floods - June 2016
  • SA impacted by fires - November 2015
  • WA impacted by fires - November 2015

2014/15 disasters

FRRR fundraised to support areas affected by disasters that occurred in 2014 which affected communities in:

  • NSW impacted by storms and floods - April 2015
  • NT impacted by Cyclone Lam - February 2015
  • QLD impacted by Cyclone Marcia - February 2015
  • WA impacted by the Manjimup bushfire - February 2015
  • SA impacted by the Adelaide Hills bushfires - January 2015
  • VIC impacted by the Moyston bushfires - January 2015
  • VIC impacted by the Creighton's Creek bushfires - December 2014

2013/14 disasters

In 2013, the east coast of Australia suffered various natural disaster events including floods, severe storms and bushfires. Like previous natural disasters, there was significant damage to property, infrastructure and, in some instances, tragic loss of life. FRRR's programs will support:

  • Victoria affected by the ongoing fires - February 2014
  • SA impacted by the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley bushfires - January / February 2014
  • Tasmania, NSW, Victoria bushfires - January 2013
  • WA impacted by the Perth Hills bushfire and Severe Tropical Cyclone Christine - December 2013
  • New South Wales bushfires - October 2013
  • Victorian bushfires - January / February 2013
  • South Coast NSW bushfires - January 2013
  • Northern NSW floods - January / February 2013
  • Cyclone Oswald / Queensland floods - January 2013
Available grants
Grant name Grant focus
Repair-Restore-Renew (RRR) 2013
  • The program helps communities recover by addressing needs that have emerged since these events. Grants of up to $15,000 are available for community recovery projects and activities in areas severely affected by a declared Natural Disaster.

 

2011 Queensland floods

In 2011, Queensland suffered various natural disaster events including floods, severe storms and Cyclone Yasi. There was significant damage to property, infrastructure and, in some instances, tragic loss of life.

Available grants
Grant name Grant focus
Repair-Restore-Renew (RRR) Natural Disaster Community Grants Program 

This program, now concluded, intended to help communities recover by addressing needs that emerged since these events. Grants of up to $20,000 were available for community recovery projects and activities in areas severely affected by a declared Natural Disaster.

 

2009 Victorian bushfires

In February 2009 Victoria was ravaged by one of the worst natural disasters in Australia’s history which resulted in the country’s highest ever loss of life from a bushfire:  173 lives were lost, and 414 people were injured as a result of the fires. The fires decimated over one million acres of land: lives changed and the aftermath continues to be felt in families and communities devastated by fire.

Available grants
Grant name Grant focus
School and Beyond School and Beyond is designed to help young people affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Organisations that work with young people from fire-affected communities have registered as School and Beyond program partners.
Community Group Futures The Community Group Futures program is aimed at helping not-for-profit organisations affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to think beyond day to day operations and look ahead to ensure they can meet ongoing community needs.
Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program

This program has a specific focus on providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Skills, Training, Engagement & Practical Support (STEPS) program

The program, which has now concluded, was designed to enhance leadership in rural communities, improve the ability of not-for-profit groups to develop and implement community projects and ensure community groups avoid experiencing the effects of volunteer fatigue.

Repair-Restore-Renew 2009

This program, now concluded, provided support for projects ranging from repairing minor infrastructure, such as community meeting places, providing equipment to help communities fundraise or provide local support, such as bbqs and trailers, to projects that enhanced community connectivity, wellbeing and resilience.

 

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