Grants help drought affected Qld communities tackle tough times together

Bendigo, 27 March, 2018: Community groups in drought-affected parts of Queensland will share in $166,260 in grants, thanks to FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program. The TTTT program funds grassroots, community-led projects across drought-declared regions of Queensland. It is a collaboratively funded grant program currently supported by The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Qantas and individual donors.

Quilpie Outback Fringe FestivalPrevious TTTT Grant recipient -
Quilpie Outback Fringe Festival

The 11 successful community groups receiving grants, from 23 applications, will undertake a range of initiatives, including the following projects, which received funding under the provisions for small grants up to $15,000:

  • Gympie Men’s Shed will improve their organisational capacity and increase connection, self-esteem and wellbeing by purchasing computers and equipment to provide internet access and training for their members.
  • Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce will launch 'Lanescape', a public art project designed to increase Goondiwindi’s vibrancy and community spirit. Professional artists will create three to five large-scale murals in one of the town's laneways, over one week.
  • Muttaburra Amateur Turf Club (MATC) will increase community connection, wellbeing and support by hosting a whole of community dinner, featuring live music and children’s entertainment. The dinner aims to attract 350 people from across the region.
  • Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) will increase local connections, empowerment and resilience through a series of drought-proof gardening workshops. TRC, in partnership with Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (NGRMG), will deliver four gardening workshops for approx. 80 people.

Another community group –Birdsville Social Club Inc – has received a large, multi-year grant of $47,000 to deliver the ‘Big Red Rumble’ project over three years to increase young people's self-confidence, self-expression and resilience across the Diamantina Shire by providing training and exposure to performance, film and visual arts.

FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton, says that even though there’s been rain in some places, it doesn’t mean the drought is over, and with many areas approaching their seventh year of drought, it is vital that communities are supported to come together to connect, share and support each other.

“I travelled through this area toward the end of last year, meeting with a number of local community groups, and it was clear that the ongoing drought continues to create enormous pressures on people as individuals, and on the very viability of communities. I was pleased to see that many applications this round focused on community connectedness and social wellbeing, as well as improving tourism appeal,” she said.

“It’s important that small communities in rural Australia think laterally when considering their future. Many towns are looking at ways to diversify to support the economic development and sustainability of their local communities and have seen wonderful results, including an increase in morale.”

Below is the complete list of projects funded in this round:

Organisation

Project

Location

Grant

Birdsville Social Club Inc.

 

The Big Red Rumble

Increase young people's self-confidence, self-expression and resilience by providing training and exposure to performance, film and visual arts over three years.

Birdsville, Bedourie

 

$47,000

Care Balonne Assoc Inc.

 

Air conditioning of Community Hub

Support community connectivity during tough times via the installation of an air-conditioned in the community meeting room at St George.

St George

 

$15,000

Gaeta Rural Fire Brigade

 

A View to a Loo

Increase social cohesion and connection via the connection of plumbing, and the installation of toilet, bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Gaeta

$15,000

Gympie Men's Shed Inc.

 

Purchase of computer equipment, printer/copier and device to access the Internet.

Support improved organisational capacity and increased connection, self-esteem and wellbeing of Men's Shed members and visitors via the purchase of computer equipment and delivery of internet training and access.

Gympie

 

$2,700

Lanescape (Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce Inc.)

 

Lanescape

Increase town vibrancy and community spirit via the creation of up to five murals and the delivery of a celebratory community event.

Goondiwindi

$8,000

Muttaburra Amateur Turf Club Inc.

 

Giving back to our community day

Increase community connection, wellbeing and support via a community dinner.

Muttaburra

$12,000

Our Lady's Catholic Primary School (The Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Rockhampton)

Our Story Their Story lets walk together

Support community connectivity, student wellbeing and cultural inclusion through the installation of seven murals and a drought proof garden.

Longreach

 

$15,000

Outback Fringe Festival (Quilpie Shire Council)

 

Outback Fringe Festival

Increase community access to creative arts within the Quilpie region by facilitating workshops incorporating performance for the Outback Fringe Festival.

Quilpie

$15,000

Roughlie Community Centre Inc.

 

Disabled Ramp & Landing - Ablution Building

Reduce social isolation barriers by installing a ramp and stairs at the Roughlie Community Centre's toilet block

Outside Roma

$12,250

SES - Charters Towers (Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)

 

Operations Centre Equipment Upgrade

Increase community capacity and support volunteers via the purchase of updated equipment.

Charters Towers

 

$9,310

Tablelands Regional Council

 

Tablelands Drought Resilient Gardens Project

Increase community connection, empowerment and resilience via a series of drought-proof gardening workshops across the Tablelands Shire.

Ravenshoe,
Innot Hot Springs,
Mount Garnet

 

$15,000

Total Projects

$166,260

 

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