Innovative projects help rural people age in place

FRRR has announced the recipients of the eighth round of the Caring for Ageing Rural Australian’s program. This annual program provides grants of up to $10,000 to support projects and activities that benefit older people living in small rural and remote communities.

In total, the program is distributing $184,692 across 24 communities. The projects funded, which are listed below, range from upgrading aged care facilities and purchasing new equipment, to enhancing transport options, providing training in aged care and a range of engagement programs.

In 2013, in line with the wishes of our donors, the grants focused on communities in rural, regional and remote New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and central Victoria.

“Thirty-five percent of all Australians over the age of 65 live in rural, regional and remote areas. Given the increasing preference for people to grow old, stay healthy and stay connected to family and friends in their local community, there is a critical need for support services in these locations," said Ms Jeanice Henderson, Program Manager.

"As the recent Snapshot of poverty in rural and regional Australia highlighted, there are fewer medical practitioners and allied health workers, and access to pharmaceuticals is more challenging in rural and remote areas.

"We are therefore very grateful to the donors who partner with FRRR and allow us in turn to help even more people remain in the communities where they have lived and worked," she concluded.

FRRR thanks our partners who make this highly sought-after program possible:

  • The McCusker Charitable Foundation
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Trust, managed by ANZ Trustees
  • State Trustees who administer The John Sylvester Feehan Trust, The William Austin Zeal Trust and The William Henry Hutchinson Trust
  • The Robert William Robertson Estate managed by ANZ Trustees
  • The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation

A summary of the projects funded is below:

Organisation      Project Town Grant


Adelong Men's Shed Inc.

Window Replacement for Security, Weatherproofing & Beautification Replacing window frames to improve the aesthetics, security and weatherproofing of the Adelong Men's Shed.

Adelong, NSW



Barellan Aged Care Support Group  (BACSG)

Ground Up
Enabling the purchase of land to establish two low-cost retirement units for the community.
Barellan, NSW $10,000



Committee For Provision of Aged Persons Accommodation Incorporated (PAPA) Grand Gopher Garages
Construction of secure storage sheds for residents'' mobility scooters.
Wellington, NSW $10,000
4 Coonamble Shire Council Magnify That!
Magnification devices for three local libraries to enable elderly and vision impaired residents to comfortably read print publications and access the internet.
Coonamble, Quambone & Gulargambone, NSW $6,000
5 CWA - Brewarrina Making Access Easy - A Ramp, Not a Step Up
Providing disabled access so elderly and disabled community members can participate in all community events and activities at the hall.
Brewarrina, NSW $9,900
6 Evans Community Options Inc Ageing Well & Feeling Good
Local community education and information sessions for Carers, family members and friends of disabled or elderly people.
Blayney, Oberon & Rylstone, NSW $4,825
7 Gundagai Neighbourhood Centre Opening Doors
Installation of automatic doors to give elderly and disabled community members dignified access to the Centre when attending classes and participating in other community activities.
Gundagai, NSW $10,000
8 Joining in the Dreaming Aboriginal Corporation Coolabah Piazza - Outdoor Eatery
Construction of an outdoor kitchen beside the community garden to create a recreational hub where people of all ages can meet to enjoy social activities, reducing isolation and encouraging healthy activity.
Menindee, NSW $10,000
9 Manildra & District Improvement Association (MADIA) Men Looking Ahead
Material to construct a shed to house the newly formed Men's Shed group, providing an environment for men to connect with other like-minded fellows in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.
Manildra, NSW $10,000
10 Michelago Region Community Association Incorporated A Cozy Space for the Golden Oldies
Provision of basic equipment for older members of the community to establish a meeting space at the disused railway station.
Michelago, NSW $7,134
11 Temora Shire Council Pinnacle Place
Specialised lifting equipment and slings to enable wheelchair dependant clients to access services and participate in activities and social events.
Temora, NSW $4,600
12 Burdekin Men's Shed Association Inc Store it Away
Creating additional storage for tools and timber to free up space in the Men's Shed.
Ayr, QLD $6,303
13 Clermont Men's Shed Connecting, Encouraging & Supporting Our Vital Male Community
Purchase tools and equipment for a new Men's Shed, to provide an opportunity for older men to share their skills and engage with the community.
Clermont, QLD $5,000
14 Forest View Childers Inc. The "Chairity" Drive
Sprucing up the communal activities area with new seating to improve the amenities of the area for residents and visitors.
Childers, QLD $10,000
15 Killarney Memorial Aged Care Ltd Aged Care Bed Replacement Program
Purchase new beds and mattresses to improve the comfort of residents and safety of staff.
Killarney, QLD $5,750
16 Mareeba Information & Support Centre Inc Mareeba Community Transport (MCT)
Assist with the provision of essential community transport options for elderly residents, allowing them to keep active and connected with the community.
Mareeba, QLD $4,500
17 Millmerran Centenary Retirement Village Inc Slide Into Better Posture & Sleep In The Clouds
Specialist bedding to assist in caring for bed-ridden residents in the high-needs dementia unit.
Millmerran, QLD $5,412
18 Queensland Police- Citizens Youth Welfare Assoc- South Burnett Branch Active Ageing
Establishing a weekly Senior's Activity Group to reduce social isolation and link in with services.
Murgon, QLD $6,730
19 Townsville Community Legal Centre Inc  (TCLCI) Seniors Creating Change
A creative arts music program which promotes positive images of ageing in the community and empowers older people to be confident and advocate their concerns.
Richmond, QLD $10,000
20 Heathcote Health Brain Training in Heathcote to Bridge the Generation Gap
Specialist software programs to engage elderly residents and young children, allowing greater opportunities for intergenerational activities and for residents to remain mentally active and stimulated.
Heathcote , VIC $6,597
21 Beyond Blue Limited (beyondblue) beyondblue Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) Program Regional, Rural & Remote Subsidy Program
Assisting with the training delivery costs of the Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) program for staff employed across aged care service providers in various rural, regional and remote locations in Western Australia.
Various rural and remote locations, WA $10,000
22 Dryandra Residential and Community Care Inc Stage 1 & 2 Expansion - Equipment
(Safe and Secure)

Creating a safer and healthier environment for both staff and residents through the purchase of sanitary equipment and emergency evacuation equipment.
Kellerberrin, WA $10,000
23 Green Skills Inc Rickshaws for Residents - Restoring Mobility for Denmark Hospital's In-Patients
An innovative project to reduce isolation and improve quality of life of older residents by building five cycle rickshaws, allowing staff, volunteers and relatives to transport frail or elderly patients to the park and shopping area for activities and outings.
Denmark, WA $10,000
24 Mount Barker Lions Club Langton Dementia Unit Upgrade - Sundeck
Installation of a door, sundeck and secure circular garden path, to allow dementia patients to move easily and safely between the indoor and outdoor environments.
Mount Barker, WA $10,000


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