There are so many people who have contributed to 2013/14 being a successful year, some of whom we have acknowledged elsewhere in this report. We want to take this opportunity to formally thank the many dedicated groups, organisations and individuals who have helped us, and in turn rural, regional and remote communities across Australia.
Firstly, we acknowledge the wonderful leaders of the community groups that are the lifeblood of rural, regional and remote communities. We are constantly inspired and motivated by their passion, resourcefulness and commitment to building strong, vibrant and sustainable communities.
In addition, we are grateful for, and acknowledge the support of:
- our Donors and Funding Partners;
- our Patron in Chief, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth Of Australia;
- our Patrons Mr Baillieu Myer AC, Lady Southey AC and The Hon John Anderson AO;
- our dedicated Board members;
- the people who sit as experts on our various committees;
- those who share their insights and wisdom with us, ensuring we remain informed and connected;
- our hardworking staff;
- Alice McDougall, Special Counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills, for her advice and counsel on so many issues;
- our grant recipients for the wonderful photos that have been provided to us, many of which we have used in this report;
- the journalists who have helped us tell people about the successes and challenges of rural, regional and remote communities, and the impact philanthropy can have;
- RSD, who provide accounting advice and support, and KPMG, who audited our accounts this year; and
- JAW Communications and the design team who have created this report, Twenty20 Graphics and Mesuva Web Development.
Finally, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our programs are assessed and delivered. We pay respect to their ancient and continuing culture, their connection to the land, and to their Elders, past and present.