The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), in partnership with the Pratt Foundation, has granted a further $241,386 to support 13 community-led projects in the Snowy Valleys region.
The Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund was established in February 2020 to support community-led projects designed to address a diverse range of bushfire recovery needs and community priorities in the Snowy Valleys. A total of $970,386 in funding has been granted to 36 projects over the last seven months, and the program is now closed.
Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman of Visy, said the organisation has been so pleased to have been able to support the Snowy Valleys region.
“It is wonderful to have seen how these grants have been put into action by community groups to make a real difference to the region’s recovery,” said Mr Pratt.
Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said that there have been many great projects funded through the Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund.
“Thanks to the early response and support of the Pratt Foundation, many recovery projects in the Snowy Valleys region have already been able to get underway, such as the RegenerART project. With funds received in a previous grant round, the Tumut Art Society is running workshops in Talbingo, Adelong, Batlow and Tumbarumba to ensure that there are local opportunities to come together and enjoy learning diverse art practices.
“I’m just as confident that the local organisations that have been awarded grants for projects this final round will play a critical role in the ongoing recovery of these communities. Projects like Eastern Riverina Arts’ Woodlands Film Festival and the Sounds of Summer Camerata String Orchestra Snowy Valleys Council Tour will help to build community spirit and strengthen social connections.
“Other local organisations have been awarded grants for projects that support the recovery of their community by updating, rebuilding or developing community infrastructure, including the Ournie Fire Brigade’s shed, the Adelong Men’s Shed entrance and the Batlow Sound Shell, memorialising the Batlow Cannery lost in the Dunn’s Rd Fire. These are all great examples of local community groups playing a vital role in disaster recovery because they are on the ground and best placed to know what is needed,” said Ms Egleton.
Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund grant recipients for this round are below:
Adelong Men’s Shed Inc
Build organisational capacity of Adelong Men’s Shed with the construction of a concrete driveway to improve member access.
Adelong Swimming Club Inc
Adelong Community Aquatic Centre Shade and Solar
Improve community infrastructure and capacity, upgrading the Adelong Community Pool with adequate shading and a structure to support solar heating for increased winter patronage.
Adelong Tennis Club Inc
Adelong Tennis Clubhouse Roof Replacement
Improve community infrastructure by replacing the Adelong Tennis Clubhouse roof to support community group meetings.
Batlow Apple Tree Learning Centre Co-operative Ltd
Outdoor Play Space Upgrade
Build community capacity and resilience, upgrading the outdoor play space at Batlow Apple Tree Learning Centre to support early years learning.
Batlow Development League
Sounds and History of Batlow
Increase community capacity and support economic recovery in Batlow by constructing a sound shell to memorialise the Batlow Cannery and support local events.
Cycle Tumbarumba Inc
Link to Mason’s Hill Trails
Improve community infrastructure for local and tourist use through extending the trail bike link with a safe off-road bike path for children and adults.
Eastern Riverina Arts
The Woodlands Film Festival
Build community spirit through reviving the Woodland Film Festival and presenting local stories at a landmark site for all the community to enjoy.
Pilot Hill Arboretum
Montreal Community Theatre Inc
Montreal Community Theatre Shop (Cafe/Bar)
Build organisational capacity developing a café shop front at the Montreal Theatre Space to provide a retail and cultural hub for community development.
Ournie Rural Fire Brigade
Ournie Community Recovery Project
Build community resilience and connectedness by improving the Ournie Fire Brigade shed facilities to create a community meeting space and better local RFS facility.
Snowy Valleys Council
Tooma Hall Transfer Pump and Water Storage
Build community resilience by upgrading community infrastructure at the Tooma Hall with water storage for evacuation and everyday community use.
Talbingo MTB Club Inc
Talbingo Mountain Bike Park Shelters
Enhance community facilities through the installation of bike shelters to support local and tourist patronage.
Tumbarumba Artists on Parade Co-Operative Limited
Sounds of Summer Camerata String Orchestra Tour
Enhance the cultural vibrancy of the Snowy Valleys with performances by classical musicians at local venues in Tumut, Tumbarumba and Khancoban.
Upper Murray Community Radio Inc
Training of Additional Volunteers for Operation of Community Radio -3 RUM (Tumbarumba site)
Build community capacity training volunteers as operators at Tumbarumba Community Radio and increasing skills for local content broadcasting.