Grants announced to support ageing rural Australians

35 communities benefit from positive ageing funds

The Caring for Ageing Rural Australians Program, offered since 2004, was revised this year to encourage projects and activities that improve the wellbeing of older Australians through community based proactive and positive ageing programs, as well as practical support such as equipment for centres and community based residential facilities.

Of the 59 applications considered, 35 projects were successful and have been awarded a total of $259,801. For the first time, this will include a number of projects in New South Wales, which will be funded for three years, thanks to a new partnership with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

Details of these projects, which include some innovative solutions to local issues, can be found below. Congratulations to all of these inspirational community groups.

       Organisation   Project Location Awarded
New South Wales
1. 4 Life Care & Training Ltd Refrigerated Food Parcel Trailer
Refrigerated trailer to pick up perishable foods in Port Macquarie and deliver subsidised food parcels to aged community members in Wauchope.
Port Macquarie $9,110
2. Alzheimers Australia NSW Community Dementia Awareness Program
A three day Community Awareness program, in Warren (2013) and Gilgandra (2014) consisting of a one day workshop for family carers, one day work shop for the volunteers, and presence of the Memory Van to promote the services and support available and educating the general public about the importance of keeping the brain healthy and active.
Gilgandra Warren & Coonamble Shires $8,018
3. Balranald Menshed Incorporated Motivating Murrumbidgee Men - Local Community Furniture Repair Service
Purchase of basic equipment to set the workshop up and start the furniture repair service for the local community.
Balranald $5,000
4. Bogan Shire Council Making Fitness Fun, Free Walk in the Fresh Air!
Installation of two station outdoor exercise equipment suitable for use by older people, next to the children's playground area as part of the overall upgrade of the public park area.
Nyngan $5,866
5. Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group Inc Upgrade Community Meals on Wheels Kitchen
Upgrade of the Meal on Wheels kitchen including the installation of a commercial dishwasher, bench tops and cupboards for food preparations and community cooking classes.
Gloucester $10,000
6. Friends of Tumbarumba Hospital (Tumbarumba Bowling Club) The Pathway to Health
Upgrade a path way from the aged care area of the hospital to the main garden and social area of the grounds.
Tumbarumba $5,000
7. Gilgandra Shire Council Cooee Lodge Creating Links - Pedestrian Pathways
Establishing safe, 1.5 metre wide 'walking frame friendly' paths within the aged care complex, leading to the local hospital and medical centre, and to a nearby conservation area for walking groups within the Village to visit.
Gilgandra $10,000
8. Molong Men's Shed (Uniting Care NSW, ACT) Equipment for Molong Men's Shed
Purchase and installation of a 3hp bench saw with sliding table to improve the safety of members and to enable them to carry out larger projects.
Molong $4,763
9. Parkes & District Information & Neighbourhood Centre Parkes Palliative Care Volunteer's Pilot Program
Supporting a pilot Palliative Care Volunteer Project to recruit, train, supervise, coordinate and support volunteers who will work in conjunction with health professionals to provide emotional and practical help to the community.
Parkes, Forbes, Peak Hill, Condobolin, Tottenham, Tallamore and Lake Cargelligo $10,000
10. Tumut District Community Transport (Tumut Shire Council) Transport Interchange & Vehicle Depot
Building of a self-contained, environmentally friendly solar powered transit depot for the community transport vehicles, close to existing toilets and the Community Transport administration building.
Tumut $8,000
11. White Cliffs Sporting Club Inc Helping White Cliffs Hear
Purchase a portable, wireless audio assistive device (Listen 6 Hearing Loop) and conference microphone for use at the Club and in the wider community to allow those with hearing difficulties to attend and participate at concerts, meetings and events.
White Cliffs $3,700
12. Yeoval Aged Care Service (United Protestant Assn. of NSW Ltd) Moving the Community Bus Project
Purchase a Toyota Hiace Commuter Van to provide transport for residents to engage in community activities, and to provide transport service to encourage older community members still at home to engage in activities at the aged care service.
Yeoval $10,000
13. Carramar Stanthorpe Home for Senior Citizens Assoc Spark of Life Training for Carers
Facilitate two presentations by Dementia Care Australia's Sparks of Life program, open to professionals and family members from Stanthorpe, Warwick, Tenterfield and Texas communities who care for Dementia sufferers.
Stanthorpe $7,700
14. Millmerran Centenary Retirement Village Inc Warm and Appetising Meals on the Move
Purchase of a meal delivery trolley with thermally insulated bowls and plates for delivery of meals directly from the kitchen to the Dementia wings, and food molds for improved and appetising presentation of vitamised meals.
Millmerran $8,4083
15. Mundubbera Senior Citizens Home Units Committee Inc Sure and Safe Access
Extension of a road way from the older area to new residential units for easy, safe access for residents, friends / families and community health workers.
Mundubbera $9,455
16. Nanyima Aged Care Inc Equipment for Greater Care
Purchase of two mobile Vital Signs monitors for patient care and monitoring, and three digital alternating mattress overlays to assist with pressure area car for deteriorating skin and circulation problems.
Mirani $10,000
17. Red Ridge (Interior Queensland) Limited Morning Melodies and High Tea ....Crooning, Cooking & Creative Dance - Then & Now
A 7 week pilot project involving preparation of performance pieces by a local multi-aged combined choir and a combined multi-aged dance group, culminating at a community "High Tea" hosted by the CWA, with all food being prepared in the High Tea tradition by students under the guidance of older members of the community.
Blackall $5,200
18. St Andrews Meals on Wheels Lower Burdekin Committee Hot Water On Demand
Installation of a gas 'on demand' hot water service to assist with the preparation of meals for the service.
Ayr $2,000
19. Tully Nursing Home Inc Residents Sleep Easy
Purchase four electric high-low beds, mattresses, side rails and self-help pole for high care residents.
Tully $10,000
South Australia
20. Blyth Regional Cinema Inc Seats for Seniors
Replacement of second hand, low set seating in the foyer with taller, firmer seating, better suited for people with limited mobility and walking frames.
Blyth $2,000
21. Hamley Bridge District Senior Citizens Homes Inc. Getting Our Residents on the Level
Levelling of a courtyard area between six older residential units, widening of paths, installation of regulation compliant ramps and landscaping to replace current grassed sloping site with uneven steps to each Unit.
Hamley Bridge $10,000
22. Tandara Lodge Community Care Inc. Music Therapy Using iPads
Purchase iPads and headphones to be used in music therapy sessions for residents, particularly those with dementia, and extended into adult activity centre for older people living independently in the community.
Sheffield $4,200
23. Baptcare Ltd - Northaven Branch Northaven Interactive Gardening Program
Redevelopment of a drought damaged open area into a secure garden to create a safe and pleasant place for residents and their families to spend time in, and for regular, supervised garden sessions with residents, particularly those suffering from dementia.
Kerang $3,000
24. Cobram Community House Inc. No Feet in the Grave Community Transport Program
To assist with the on-road costs associated with the Community Transport Program vehicles to allow sufficient operating time for the program to establish itself and attract sustainable funding and local sponsorship.
Cobram $2,848
25. Community Accessability Inc. Community Helping Community Transport Program
On-road costs for Community Transport vehicles to allow sufficient operating time for the Community Transport program to establish itself and attract sustainable funding and local sponsorship to secure future delivery of the service.
Wangaratta, Bright and Myrtleford $6,000
26. Cooinda Village Inc. Moving Arts Dementia Therapy
The project will incorporate Dance Movement Therapy and Expressive Art Therapy to stimulate and support people living with dementia, across all three of the aged care facilities in Benalla.
Benalla $7,250
27. Euroa Health Inc. Flexible Space for Visiting Community Services
Refurbishment of an enclosed verandah area to become a flexible space for use by visiting specialist consultants.
Euroa $1,585
28. Hillview Bundyip Aged Care Inc. Bariatric Equipment Upgrades
Modification of a bedroom and bathroom to accommodate a track hoist, bed and shower / commode chair to patients who weigh over 120kgs.
Bunyip $10,000
29. Kellock Lodge Alexandra Inc. Kellock Lodge Additional Kitchen Development
Purchase of a new commercial dishwasher for the new meals service area.
Alexandra $5,390
30. Murrabit Special Project Committee Inc. Happy Men = Healthy Community - Murrabit Men's Shed Construction
Shed Kit to build and construct a wood working shed adjacent to the meeting room area.
Murrabit $10,000
31. Rupanyup Hospital & Nursing Home (Dunmunkle Health Services)

Patio Area Makeover
Materials to replace an old existing structure with a covered and secure patio area for dementia patients.

Minyip $10,000
32. U3A Benalla Inc. Reading Electronically
Purchase of E-Readers, with adjustable font sizes and back lighting, to establish a second monthly book club for those who find traditional books harder to read due to deteriorating eye sight.
Benalla $2,040
  Western Australia
33. Frontier Services Indigenous Men's Shed: Nurturing Men's Skills & Health
To develop and construct a Men's Shed on land shared by Numbala Nunga and Ngamang Bawoona aged care facilities for use by indigenous residents of the two facilities.
Derby $5,000


An additional three grants were made possible by a donation from the Estate of the Late Harold Gordon Jones, managed by Perpetual. This granted funds totalling $28,906 to three organisations in the areas of Gilgandra and Warren in NSW - areas which the donors to this program were keen to support. 

The successful projects are:

  • Cooee Lodge Aged Care Facility (Gilgandra Council) - $12,347 - Knit 'n' Knatter Room - for a complete common room makeover.
  • Warren Community Homes Association Incorporated  - $9,280 - Outdoor Recreational Area for the Elderly - a project to vreate a courtyard for elderly residents.
  • Warren Multi-Purpose Health Service $7,279 - Go-pher Independence - for the i8nstallation of dedicated and secure mobility scooter storage. 
Three Year Project Funding Recipients, funded in partnership with Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Holbrook Meals on Wheels Service Inc No Spills Seniors Gentle Exercise Group
Maintain and develop the successful No Spills Seniors Gentle Exercise Group over the next three years, by supporting a qualified fitness trainer to allow the program to further develop and attract further funding from other sources.
Holbrook, NSW $13,000
Year 1 $4,000
Year 2 $4,400
Year 3 $4,800
Henty Early Childhood Assn. Inc Friendship with Myoora - An Intergenerational Program
Program Coordinator to further develop and implement a joint visitation and activities program between Henty Preschool children and the residents of Myoora aged care Hostel. 
Henty, NSW $25,068
Year 1 $9,440
Year 2 $6,422
Year 3 $9,206


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