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A focus on recovery in flood-affected communities

April 07th, 2021

Over the last month, we’ve seen floods impact in various communities across NSW and Queensland. The philanthropic community has a significant role to play in helping those impacted by the floods, both by providing immediate relief and through ongoing, longer-term support.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) launched a Flood Recovery Appeal supporting remote, rural and regional communities in New South Wales and Queensland devastated by last month’s floods. To date, FRRR has distributed more than $26 million for community-led disaster recovery and resilience initiatives, including more than $4 million for projects supporting recovery from the 2019-20 bushfires.

“Donations to our Flood Recovery Appeal will help to fund a diverse range of initiatives that reflect the needs the community identifies, but it could include rebuilding infrastructure, supporting vulnerable community members and the overall mental health of locals, providing opportunities for locals to reconnect and share their experiences, as well as looking at ways of improving resilience and how the community can prepare for future disasters,” Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR said. 

“From our experience, we know disasters have a long-lasting impact – it could take a decade or longer. As recovery gets underway, communities will have different concerns and needs, meaning that recovery will happen at different rates, depending on the community and local priorities". 

There are many ways the community can help those affected by floods and natural disasters. Learn how to support here

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