More groups receive support to combat drought

Bendigo, 30 March, 2015: Fourteen communities in drought-affected areas of Queensland and New South Wales will share nearly $110,000 in grants, thanks to funding from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation (for the Queensland projects), Yulgilbar Foundation (for the New South Wales projects) and Aussie Farmers Foundation.

In the fourth round of funding through FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together program, projects range from addressing health and well-being (both physical and mental), to creative art workshops that provide an outlet for stress and enhancing facilities in important community meeting places. There is a particular focus on events and activities to engage the whole family.

FRRR’s CEO, Alexandra Gartmann, said that demand for the program is still high, with applications again exceeding the amount of funds available, reinforcing the need for the program despite the wider Australian perception that recent cyclones delivered good rain.

"While some areas have had some good falls, it hasn't reached all parts of Queensland and New South Wales. Even where rain has fallen, the drought hasn't broken and communities are still feeling the ongoing stress," Ms Gartmann said.

"Most of the projects we have funded in this round are focused on reducing social isolation, which is a critical issue in times of drought, and on building resilience, giving people the skills to cope now and into the future. It’s pleasing to see a number of projects focused specifically on mental health and wellbeing,” Ms Gartmann said.

Demand for support continues to be high in smaller communities, with nearly 30% of applications coming from communities of fewer than 1,000 people. Another 20% of applications came from towns with populations between 1,000 and 5,000.

FRRR is currently seeking additional donors to this program to meet the ongoing demand for support. At present however, there are only sufficient funds for a final small round of funding and the assessment of those applications is currently underway.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the program should contact FRRR's CEO Alexandra Gartmann or Program Manager Jodie Odgers.


Project Title



Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall Trust

All Weather, Off Street Parking

The Hall Trust will establish off road, all weather parking at the community hall to improve access and safety.


Glen Elgin Federation Sports Club

Rain Catcher

A shelter will be erected over the ablution blocks and a water tank installed to collect rainwater to be used at community events and for ground maintenance.


Glen Innes Regional Business Hub Incorporated


The project will support guest speaker Neville Brady present at several functions in Glen Innes on health and wellbeing.


Glenrac Incorporated

Friends with Health Benefits

Glenrac will support a group of farmers from the farming community of Deepwater to participate in a program that aims to improve their physical and mental health.


Lightning Ridge Community Radio Association Incorp

Keeping the Communities Dream Alive

The radio station will purchase two computers that will be used by volunteers for broadcasting and programming.


Rotary Club of Inverell Incorporated

Service Above Self – Helping Hands for the Inverell Region

The Rotary Club will purchase an enclosed trailer, equipped with shade marquees, tables, urns, water tank, fridge, generator, BBQ and seating that can be used at local and charitable events.


Wellingrove Progress Association Incorporated

Send it Down Huey

The Progress Association will the repair structural damage to the community halls doors and windows and purchase a TV and satellite dish to be used at community events and functions.



Bymount Creative Circle

A Creative Odyssey

The group will run a series of creative art, skill building workshops.


Central Highlands Science Centre Inc.

Country Road Science Show – Connecting with Country Kids in the Central Highlands

The Science Centre will take their exhibits on the road travelling around remote and rural communities delivering a science curriculum that will allow students and the wider community to have a hands-on interactive learning experience.


Outback Futures Limited

Stay With Me

Out Futures will support a registered psychologist and learning specialist to provide up to 500 hours of remote assistance for clients living in the Croydon, Etheridge, Flinders and Richmond Shires.


Queensland Strawberry Growers Association Inc.

Making Strawberry Production "Sweet" Again

The Association will hold two Mental Health Education and Training workshops in Stanthorpe and Caboolture.


Red Ridge Limited

Channel Country Ladies Day

The project will support guest speakers to present at the fourth Channel Country Ladies day in October 2015 and enable Red Ridge to offer a reduced registration fee for participants.


Tableland Public Hall Association Inc.

Feed the Farmers: Body & Soul

The Hall Association will host four community dinners with health professionals and rural financial counsellors in attendance.


The Pittsworth & District Hospital Friendly Society Ltd

"Head over Heels" the Story of Sam Bailey, Quadriplegic Farmer and Pilot

The project will support motivational speaker Sam Bailey to present to three local schools and at an event for the Pittsworth community.



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