Drought affected communities receive support to boost tourism, local economy and wellbeing

A community connecting at the Tambo Stock Show - a grant recipient from Round 7 of the Tackling Tough Times Together program.
R7 Funded project - Tambo Stock Show  

Bendigo, 23 August, 2017: Community groups in drought-affected parts of Queensland and New South Wales will share in $209,112 in grants, thanks to FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

The 18 successful community groups receiving grants will undertake a range of initiatives, including the following projects which received funding under the provisions for small grants up to $15,000:

  • Perry Shire Heritage and Tourist Assoc Inc aims to stabilise the local economy by developing a Community Strategic Plan for Mount Perry to identify new business opportunities and ventures.
  • A winter themed Chill ‘n’ Glen event, in Glen Innes will stimulate the slow winter economy and connect the community.
  • Four North Burnett community members will complete a community leadership program, to build personal and community resilience.
  • A marquee and air conditioning is being provided for the two-day Beef Up forum in Karumba to broaden industry knowledge and reduce social isolation amongst graziers across the Gulf.

FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton, says that it’s more critical than ever that communities are supported to come together and support each other through the ongoing drought.

“In some areas, communities are going into their sixth year of drought. This puts enormous pressures on people as individuals, and on the very viability of communities. So, we are very pleased to able to play a small part in helping people find a way through,” she said.

In this eighth round of the program, requests were fairly evenly split across three areas: events; infrastructure improvements to support community cohesion; and projects supporting economic development as people look to diversify and sustain local communities.

Recent feedback from grant recipients has underscored the importance of people simply coming together to share experiences and support one-another.

Arts North West Inc in Ben Lomond, NSW, will be delivering 10 art workshops for the project - Community CreativiTEA - Chat Connect Create. Communications Officer Stephanie McIntosh said the project provides a catalyst for women in the New England North West region to meet on a regular basis.

“Removing the barriers that restrict people from participating in opportunities like art-making is important in the smaller and more remote communities, and brings women together for much needed conversion and companionship.”

“Art-making has many therapeutic benefits such as freedom of expression and creativity, stress relief and a distraction from the everyday realities of rural life in drought affected areas.”

Stephanie said that helping to deliver the project is beneficial not just for the participants, but for herself too. “As a rural woman, a farmer’s wife, an artist and working full time, being given the amazing opportunity to sit down with these communities, share my skills and listen to stories around the table gives me confidence as a young woman, that when times get tough, and there will be a lot of them, I too will have the support from my fellow women and community.”

Ms Egleton said there has also been increasing requests for projects to attract tourists and support small businesses to build their income streams.

“One of the grants we’ve made this round is to Blackall Tambo Regional Council (BTRC) for their Exploring the Barcoo Way project. The $45,000 grant will allow them to bring in a specialist to help develop and promote a tourist drive through the Shire, which will in turn create new jobs, new businesses and bring in new money to the community. This is a great example of the diversity of thinking in communities and why we are happy to support communities to implement whatever they think will make the biggest difference,” she said.

The TTTT program funds grassroots, community-led projects across 39 drought-declared regions of Queensland and northern and western regions of NSW. It is a collaboratively funded grant program currently supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation (for Queensland projects), Yulgilbar Foundation (for NSW projects), Qantas and individual donors.

The complete list of projects funded in this round is below:





Arts North West Inc


Community CreativiTEA - Chat Connect Create

Strengthen social connections, reduce barriers to participation and establish an art-based community group by delivering 10 art workshops in the small town of Ben Lomond.

Ben Lomond, NSW


Glen Innes Regional Business Hub Incorporated


Chill ’n’ Glen – Snow Maker

Stimulate the slow winter economy and connect the community through holding a winter themed Chill ‘n’ Glen event in Glen Innes.

Glen Innes, NSW


Tenterfield District Tennis Association Inc


Let's be comfortable

Reduce social isolation by installing a split system unit at Tenterfield Tennis Club to enable community groups to gather there.

Tenterfield, NSW


Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation Inc

North meets South - Building a Leadership Bridge

Build personal and community resilience by enabling four North Burnett community members to complete a community leadership program.

North Burnett, QLD


Croydon Rodeo and Campdraft Association Inc.


Fund the Ambulance

Ensure participant health at three key annual events by contracting Queensland Ambulance Service to be in attendance.

Croydon, QLD


Eumamurrin Gun Club Assoc Inc


Looking forward

Increase social cohesion and usability of Eumamurrin’s only community hub by providing drinking water, a fridge and freezer.

Eumamurrin, QLD


Gulf Cattleman's Association Inc


Beef Up Karumba

Reduce isolation and broaden industry knowledge amongst graziers across the Gulf by providing a marquee and air conditioning for the two-day Beef Up forum in Karumba.

Karumba, QLD


Hungerford Progress Assoc Inc


Shade Shed

Create a suitable place for community to come together by adding shade to the newly installed kitchen and canteen.

Hungerford, QLD


Kilkivan Veteran's and Community Men's Shed Assoc Inc

Operation Reach Out

Make it easier for the Kilkivan community voices to be heard by purchasing a public-address system for them to use.

Kilkivan, QLD


Longreach Pastoral College Past Students & Staff Assoc Inc


LPC 50th Anniversary Reunion

Ensure accessibility for all attendees to the “50 years of Pastoral Industry Education” event by hiring security and equipment.

Longreach, QLD


Perry Shire Heritage and Tourist Assoc Inc


Mt Perry Community Strategic Plan

Stabilise the Mount Perry economy by developing a Community Strategic Plan to identify new business opportunities and ventures.

Mount Perry, QLD


Red Ridge (Interior Queensland) Limited


Should you be dancing – Blackall and Winton
Reduce social isolation for all generations in Blackall and Winton by holding dance workshops and a final performance.

Blackall and Winton, QLD


SES - Longreach (Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)


Updating the Longreach SES Storm Damage Trailer

Strengthen social cohesion and provide quality equipment for volunteers by upgrading a trailer for Longreach SES.

Longreach, QLD


St George & District Chamber of Commerce


Bettering Balonne Workshops

Increase capability, competitiveness and longevity by delivering nine business workshops to assist St George small businesses.

Balonne, QLD


Waggamba Landcare Group Inc


Billa Billa Brain Drain and night of blistering fun!

Increase community participation and improve mental health and wellbeing by hosting a community event at Goondiwindi.

Goondiwindi, QLD


Wandoan and District Kindergarten Assoc Inc


Kiddy Catch Up

Provide local parents with a regular support network and young children with a social and developmental outlet by re-establishment of a fortnightly playgroup service.

Wandoan, QLD


Charters Towers Women of the Outback Shed Inc

Women united under one roof

Secure the future of the Outback Shed with its initial fit out.

Charters Towers, QLD


Blackall - Tambo Regional Council


Exploring the Barcoo Way

Support the development of new economic opportunities in Queensland’s west by engaging a tourism specialist to develop tourism products along the Barcoo Touring Route.

Blackall Tambo, Longreach and Barcoo Shires, QLD



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