Drought-affected communities Tackle Tough Times Together

Nearly $1.3 million in grants awarded

21 August 2020: Thirty-six community-led projects that will help tackle the ongoing challenges faced by drought-affected communities across Australia are sharing in nearly $1.3 million in grants, through the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal's (FRRR) Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

TTTT Vic drought

The TTTT program helps local groups in rural, regional and remote communities Australia-wide tackle the effects of the drought by building capacity, reducing social isolation, developing leadership and skills training, improving social and educational participation, and stimulating economic activity.

Rural areas impacted by drought, such as Longreach in Queensland, have used previous TTTT grants to fund community-led projects such as education and training workshops to help drive employment opportunities; run free community events that bring people together to share their experiences; and upgrading community equipment and infrastructure that are used to provide safe places for people to come together to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

Deanne Cavalier, TTTT Program Manager, said that the Tackling Tough Times Together program was specifically designed to help drought-affected communities to build on the strengths and resilience that exist within the community.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we know local leaders still have ideas about how they can support their community, they just need someone to back their ideas. Thanks to our donor partners, FRRR is able to help local groups to seed and strengthen, adapt and evolve, and innovate and renew their community,” said Ms Cavalier.

“This round of TTTT really showed the impact that COVID-19 is having on the capacity of volunteers, as their focus turns towards their families and concerns of job security. This naturally has had flow-on effects on the capacity of community groups to maintain continuity of services and their ability to maintain momentum on community-focused projects. While this certainly limits resources, we want local groups to know that we are here to support them and will continue to back them as they find ways that they can best support their community," said Ms Cavalier.

Some of the 36 projects awarded this round include:

  • Sunset Strip Progress Association, NSW - Sunset Strip Boulevard Walk of Fame: Films and Stars of Outback Australia - $142,897 - Support local economic strength and renewal through the construction of the Sunset Strip Boulevard Walk of Fame to increase tourism numbers.
  • Central West Farming Systems Incorporated, NSW - Tapping a natural resource - a rural and regional 'remote' workforce - $51,195 - Increase skills and capacity to work remotely through provision of tailored training program for individuals in Central West NSW.
  • Charters Towers Women of the Outback Shed, QLD - Growing Space for Growing Needs - $36,702 - Increase the capacity and build the sustainability of the Charters Towers Women of the Outback Shed through construction of additional space to accommodate increased membership and activity.
  • William Creek Gymkhana Committee, SA - Horsemanship Clinic & Get-Together for Children and the Wider Community - $18,090 - Reduce social isolation and provide an opportunity for social and educational participation through the delivery of a horsemanship clinic and get-together for children and the wider community.
  • Manangatang Improvement Group, VIC - Cooking Up a Storm: Manangatang Hall Kitchen upgrade - $60,000 - Increase capacity to enhance community events at Manangatang Hall, by upgrading the kitchen.
  • Condingup and Districts Recreation Association, WA - Condingup Community Centre Space for Kids - $60,000 - Support opportunities for social connection through construction of a skatepark at the Condingup Recreation Reserve.

Tackling Tough Times Together is possible thanks to the collaborative support of several donors, including the Australian Government which committed $15M to be distributed over three years. Generous contributions have also been made by Pratt Foundation, Stockland CARE Foundation, Paul Ramsay Foundation, The Snow Foundation, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Henroth Group and private donors from across the nation.

Applications for the TTTT program are always open and groups in drought-affected areas are encouraged to apply for funding to help their community come together to tackle the drought.

The cut-off dates for future rounds are:

  • 27 August 2020. Outcomes will be advised late November 2020.
  • 22 October 2020. (Note, Stage One for the $150,000 grant tier must be received by 10 September 2020.) Outcomes will be advised late February 2021.

The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.

Jump to : NSW | QLD | SA / VIC / WA

Organisation

Project

Location

Grant

NEW SOUTH WALES

Up to $150,000

Sunset Strip Progress Association Incorporated

Sunset Strip Boulevard Walk of Fame – Films and Stars of Outback Australia
Support local economic strength and renewal through the construction of the Sunset Strip Boulevard Walk of Fame to increase tourism numbers.

Sunset Strip

$142,897

Up to $60,000

Anglican Parish of Braidwood Community Management Committee for the Old Anglican Hall Braidwood

Major Restoration of Old Anglican Hall, Braidwood
Increase access to space for community activities and events through restoration of local historic Hall.

Braidwood

$56,591

Central West Farming Systems Incorporated

Tapping a Natural Resource - A Rural and Regional 'Remote' Workforce
Increase skills and capacity to work remotely through provision of tailored training program for the community in the Central West of NSW.

Condobolin

$51,195

Curban Community Hall
Gilgandra Council

Curban Community Hall Enhancements
Improve local meeting space and increase community capacity through installation of audio-visual equipment and upgrade to outdoor BBQ area.

Curban

$33,463

Jerilderie Pre School Kindergarten Incorporated

Jerilderie Preschool Long Day Care Centre Playground
Increase access to locally based childcare services, through support to construct a playground and outdoor place space at the new Jerilderie Long Day Care Centre.

Jerilderie

$60,000

Boomi Memorial Hall Committee
Moree Plains Shire Council

Boomi Memorial Hall Upgrade
Increase accessibility and reduced volunteer fatigue through upgrades to the Boomi Memorial Hall.

Boomi

$59,549

Northern Gomeroi Aboriginal Corporation

Northern Gomeroi Men's Shed
Increase social inclusion and activities for local men through purchase of a property for a Men’s Shed.

Boggabilla

$52,542

Western Plains Regional Development Incorporated

Broadening Horizons
Provide youth with access to transport to enable them to take part in preschool, work experience, school holiday programs and other extra-curricular activities across the Lachlan Shire through the purchase of a 12-seater bus.

Lake Cargelligo

$60,000

Up To $20,000

Coonabarabran Aero Club
Coonabarabran High School Parents and Citizens Association

The Sky is No Limit!
Enhance educational participation for children disadvantaged by drought through the upgrade of the Coonabarabran Aero Club training school flight simulator at Coonabarabran High School.

Coonabarabran

$4,705

Coursing Park Tennis and Community Centre Incorporated

Coursing Park Tennis and Community Centre Repair- Stage 2
Reduce volunteer fatigue, increase organisational capacity, and strengthen community cohesion through enhancements at the Coursing Park Tennis and Community Centre.

Coursing Park

$7,485

Crescent Head Community Garden Incorporated

Crescent Head Community Garden Construction Phase 2
Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability, and sustainability of local not-for-profit organisations through the expansion of the Crescent Head community Garden.

Crescent Head

$7,220

Grafton Jacaranda Festival Incorporated

Growing the Grafton Jacaranda Festival
Reduce volunteer fatigue and increase organisational capacity through the purchase of tables and chairs for the Grafton Jacaranda Festival.

Grafton

$16,454

Moulamein Pre School Incorporated

Moulamein (and Wakool) Preschool's Visit to Altina Wildlife Park
Enhance social and educational participation for the children of Moulamein and Wakool Preschools through an excursion to Altina Wildlife Park.

Moulamein

$1,658

Quandialla Bowling Club

Quandialla Bowling Club Air Conditioning Upgrade
Reduce volunteer fatigue and increase capacity through the installation of reverse cycle air conditioning at the Quandialla Bowling Club.

Quandialla

$19,700

Revamping at The Woolshed Incorporated

Revamping at the Woolshed
Reduce social isolation and develop skills and knowledge through the delivery of the ‘Revamping at the Woolshed’ repurposing workshops.

Lightning Ridge and surrounds

$20,000

Breadalbane Hall & Park ULSC 355 Committee
Upper Lachlan Shire Council

Installation of Commercial Dishwasher
Reduce volunteer fatigue and increase capacity through the installation of a commercial dishwasher at the Breadalbane Hall.

Breadalbane

$5,000

QUEENSLAND

Up to $60,000

Blackall - Tambo Regional Council

Tambo Dam Lights
Increase local tourism numbers and stay length, through installation of an illuminated sculpture attraction at Tambo Dam public space.

Tambo

$45,000

Charters Towers Women of the Outback Shed Incorporated

Growing Space for Growing Needs - a New Shed for the Women of the Outback
Increase the capacity and build the sustainability of the Charters Towers Women of the Outback Shed through construction of additional space to accommodate increased membership and activity.

Charters Towers

$36,702

Chinchilla Race Club Incorporated

Public Facility Shade Enhancement Project
Increase community comfort at local meeting facility through installation of shade structures at the Chinchilla Race Club.

Chinchilla

$60,000

Dalby Welcoming Community Incorporated

Proactive Dalby - Strengthening and Building Resilience of Six Community Groups
Build capacity, support sustainability, and increase resilience of six local community groups in Dalby, through development of marketing and business plans.

Dalby

$46,200

Glenore Grove Public Hall Committee Incorporated

Glenore Grove Public Hall - Extension and Improvements Stage 2
Increase community access and participation at community events through construction of accessible toilets and increased storage space.

Glenore Grove

$22,089

Kilkivan Veteran's and Community Men's Shed Association Incorporated

Kilkivan Veteran's and Community "Men's Shed"
Reduce social isolation and increase connectedness through construction of a Men's Shed facility for the delivery of craft activities.

Kilkivan

$55,105

Moonie Sports Club Incorporated

Tim Brown Multipurpose Pavilion
Increase capacity for local Sports Club to deliver community events and activities through construction of a large sheltered outdoor area.

Moonie

$54,721

Up To $20,000

Central Queensland University

The Central Highlands Social Enterprise Hub Project
Enhance knowledge, leadership, and skills development in social enterprise activities through the delivery of The Central Highlands Social Enterprise Hub Project.

Emerald

$18,320

Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail Incorporated

Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail Open Studios Event 2020
Reduce social isolation and enhance economic renewal and recovery through the delivery of the Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail Open Studios Event 2020.

Stanthorpe

$20,000

Hodgson Soldiers Memorial Hall and Recreation Association Incorporated

Restumping of Hodgson Soldiers Memorial Hall
Increase organisational capacity to continue and encourage community events at Hodgson Soldiers Memorial Hall, through the restumping of the floor.

Hodgson

$12,000

Warra Progress and Heritage Society Incorporated

Former Haystack School Building (1910-1968) Repair and Repaint Project
Increase accessibility, capacity, and sustainability through refurbishment of the Haystack School House in Warra.

Warra

$19,999

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / VICTORIA / WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Up To $60,000

Farina Restoration Group Incorporated

Farina Community Solar & Digital Engagement Project
Increase capacity and sustainability for volunteer run tourist attraction, through installation of solar system for Farina Restoration Group.

Farina, SA

$51,672

Riverland Connect Association Incorporated

Paringa Silo Art
Increase local tourism and support the economy through establishing large mural artwork on local silos at drought affected Paringa.

Paringa, SA

$60,000

Manangatang Improvement Group Incorporated

Cooking Up a Storm: Manangatang Hall Kitchen Upgrade
Increase capacity to enhance community events at Manangatang Hall, through upgrade of kitchen.

Manangatang, VIC

$60,000

Condingup and Districts Recreation Association Incorporated

Condingup Community Centre Space for Kids
Support opportunities for social connection through construction of a skatepark at the Condingup Recreation Reserve.

Condingup, WA

$60,000

Up To $20,000

William Creek Gymkhana Committee

William Creek Community Horsemanship Clinic & Get-Together for Children and the Wider Community
Reduce social isolation and provide opportunity for social and educational participation through the delivery of the William Creek Community Horsemanship Clinic & Get-together for children and the wider community.

William Creek, WA

$18,090

Bairnsdale Recycling Enterprise Incorporated

Bairnsdale Repair Café (Pilot Project)
Reduce social isolation and increase skills and knowledge through the delivery of a one-year pilot of the Bairnsdale Repair Café.

Bairnsdale, VIC

$11,700

Birchip Cropping Group Incorporated

Bolstering Birchip
Support and engage the Birchip community in leadership development and skills training through the ‘Bolstering Birchip’ project.

Birchip, VIC

$20,000

Wycheproof and District Preschool Centre Incorporated

Furniture for New Wycheproof Early Learning Centre
Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children through upgrading furniture and learning resources at an Early Learning Centre.

Wycheproof, VIC

$12,000

Warren Catchments Council

Mapping Community Well-Being and Resilience in a Changing Climate
Support and engage the community in workshops and skills training to build understanding of the changing climate for residents of Manjimup, Walpole, and Pemberton.

Manjimup, WA

$3,000

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