Repair-Restore-Renew grants support ongoing recovery

Bendigo, 14 December, 2016:  FRRR has announced the recipients of the final round of Repair-Restore-Renew 2013 grants.

Seven communities in rural and regional New South Wales and Tasmania that were affected by natural disasters in 2013 will share in more than $80,000 to implement medium to long-term recovery projects.

Repair-Restore-Renew 2013 (RRR) is a collaboratively funded program, in line with to FRRR’s commitment to supporting medium to long-term recovery in regional and rural Australia. The program was established to support communities impacted by the bushfires, cyclones and floods in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in 2013.

Grants awarded in this final round range from $4,850 in Bugaldie, NSW for the completion of long-awaited renovations to the highly-valuable community hall, to $15,000 for the community preparedness and resilience building program, ‘Get Ready! Blue Mountains’, in Lawson, NSW, promoting locally specific material and emergency preparedness in the local area.

Janet Phillips, RRR Program Manager, says the grant applications reinforces the need for disaster-affected rural and regional communities to have access to medium to long-term recovery support and funding.

“While it’s three years since these communities were affected, we are still seeing communities reach out for support in their community’s recovery. It’s not surprising, as communities recover at different rates and needs continue to evolve, which is why it is necessary to have funding available after the initial recovery effort,” Ms Phillips said

“The RRR program’s success comes from providing support for communities to govern their own recovery and apply for funding that support projects based on their local priorities.”

Repair-Restore-Renew was supported by a number of donors including John T Reid Charitable Trusts, Federal Government, Wilson HTM, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, ING Direct Foundation, Doc Ross Foundation, Stand Up (Jewish Aid Foundation), Rotary International District 9800, School Aid Trust and FRRR Donation Accounts.

The list of projects funded is below and covers mental health and community wellbeing, volunteer support and training, community preparedness and resilience strategies, environmental recovery, local economic recovery, and community infrastructure restoration and renewal.




Project Description



New South Wales


Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre

Looking Out & Linking In
Increasing inclusion, information sharing and support in preparing and planning for local emergencies for vulnerable groups by connecting groups and individuals with one another through volunteer group or street facilitators.





Bugaldie Recreation Reserve Trust and Bugaldie War Memorial Site Trust

Let's Finish What We Started
Completing renovations begun in 2015 by lining, re-roofing and installing water-saving cisterns in the toilets, purchasing a new electric stove & refrigerator, and installing new kitchen benching.




Mountains Community Resource Network Inc.

Get Ready! Blue Mountains
A comprehensive branding and promotional approach to support existing community groups across the Blue Mountains Shire to develop locally specific material, and promote emergency preparedness and resilience at local events.




Winmalee High School P & C Assn

Let's Rejuvenate
Running age-appropriate workshops and activities to increase self-awareness, and mental, emotional and physical wellbeing in senior students.




Winmalee Neighborhood Centre Inc.

Stories of Hope and Resilience
Supporting the emotional recovery of community members, through workshops and interviews to share local knowledge,  experiences of the fires and stories of survival and recovery.





Dunalley Primary School Association Inc.

Creating a Brighter Future
Focused on the theme of imagining a shared positive future for the school and community, students and local artists will co-create a mural, an animation / video clip, and ‘sound poetry’ using voice and found objects.




Murdunna Bushfire Recovery Group (Tasman Council)

Footbridge Over Wellards Creek
Enhancing local amenities, through the construction of a footbridge over Wellards Creek to complete the coastal walking track from Sounds Rivulet to the Grave Island recreation area.



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