Extending Our Influence


Through our work, we learn a great deal about rural issues and the challenges facing communities in rural, regional and remote Australia. Similarly, we gain significant insights into the innovative and creative ways in which groups are tackling similar issues across the country.

We believe that it’s our job to share this knowledge, and this year we presented at or attended more than 30 events across the length and breadth of Australia.

This is just a snapshot of some of the people we met and places we went. 

Click on each photo to learn more about some of our interactions.

The Community Foundation Forum is a valuable annual event for sharing and networking, and was held in Mackay, Qld in 2012. Pictured is Geoff Sharp, Ballarat Community Foundation (left), Sally Klose and Peter Charlton, Stand Like Stone Foundation.

In December 2012, we hosted an informal event to thank some of our Melbourne Based donors like Ian Renard (Chair, R.E. Ross Trust), Charles Goode (Chair, Ian Potter Foundation), and Toby Kent (ANZ Bank), who are pictured with FRRR Director, Paddy Handbury (2nd from right).

FRRR and the Regional Australia Institute hosted a number of lunches to discuss issues relating to natural disaster recovery. Guests heard from both FRRR and RAI and then shared some of their own experiences.

Our Education Program Manager Jeanice Henderson (right) is pictured with Deb Ryan of Indi Kindi at a forum hosted by Origin Foundation, exploring partnerships to enhance educational outcomes for communities and children.

FRRR was delighted to attend the Queensland Philanthropy Awards, where Ann Bichel was named Qld Community Philanthropist of the Year.

Alexandra Gartmann visited Alice Springs in November 2012. She met representatives from several groups, including NT ArtSupport Officer Gillian Harrison (R) and CAAMA trainee presenter Lorena Walker - at the CAAMA studios in Alice Springs.

FRRR presented at the Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium in November 2012, sharing some of our experiences of working with communities recovering from natural disasters.

In conjunction with Desert Knowledge Australia, we hosted an information forum on philanthropy and collective impact for community groups in Alice Springs in late November 2012.

In February, we attended the Heywire 2013 Youth Summit in Canberra. As part of the program, Heywire winners participated in a "speed networking" event with representatives from a range of Government Departments.

We spent some time with people in the communities affected by the 2009 bushfires, and filmed stories about their recovery. We met some really inspirational people and have shared these stories far and wide at several major conferences.

Alexandra Gartmann spoke at the North East Catchment Management Association conference.

Alexandra Gartmann and Annie Wright attended the Sustaining Rural Communities Conference in Narrabri, where they met Kirsty McGregor, pictured with Alexandra, who was behind the Channel Country Ladies Day, which we funded.

Sophie Burke represented FRRR at the presentation of grants made in collaboration with the Tomorrow:Today Foundation, in Benalla.

Alexandra Gartmann, Bruce Lloyd (Assessment Committee member) and Chris Wooton (ANZ Trustees)  present grants to the recipients of the McEwen Foundation grants for 2013.

Several members of the FRRR team, including Natalie Egleton, Jeanice Henderson, Andrew Long and Alexandra Gartmann attended the Philanthropy Australia conference in Sydney, in September 2012.

In June 2013, Natalie Egelton attended the Kinglake Ranges Co-Gen workshop, where young people participated in discussions about what is needed to help their community prosper, following the 2009 fires.

Early in 2013, Dr Wendy Scaife, Senior Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, conducted an interview with Alexandra Gartmann about FRRR’s work. The videos were made available to students in Wendy’s fundraising subjects.