The Foundation exists to support rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory to address the particular challenges they face due to their geographic location.
We aim to achieve this by building the capacity of communities to improve their vibrancy, connectedness, resilience, and sustainability.
We focus on initiatives that are community driven, support leadership, encourage diversity, strengthen the community sector and involve collaboration between both private and public sector partners in the community.
We envisage a future where people in rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory are afforded a level of opportunity equal to their metropolitan counterparts.
Executive Officer’s Message
Over the past year the Foundation has continued to demonstrate our strong commitment to organisations working for the benefit of communities in rural, regional and remote Queensland and the Northern Territory through a marked increase in the number of larger commitments approved over longer periods of time. Accordingly, the proportion of multi-year commitments approved has increased from 73% in 2014/15 to 92% in 2016/17, with multi-year grants making up 95% of the total amount distributed by the Foundation this financial year.
This year’s thematic maps of activity illustrate a broader geographical reach than previous years, with notable inclusions of more communities in remote Far North and North Western Queensland. Funding from the Foundation has supported our grantees to extend their reach even further across both states.
We are pleased that our field trips to the Northern Territory in 2015 and 2016 have led to four new multi-year commitments in this state during this financial year, two of which are five year commitments. Three of these new commitments are directed towards development within remote communities in West Arnhem Land and Central Australia through the grass-roots work of Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, Desart Inc and Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation. The commitment to the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation supports capacity development of community-based art centres across the Northern Territory.
This year saw the Foundation collaborate with The Myer Foundation and The Keir Foundation in a national arts advocacy piece titled A New Approach. The aim of this work is to address the critical need for Australia to have an informed, independent entity with the necessary resources and public authority to advance a coherent, comprehensive policy position from which we might build better political and institutional settings and allied public commentary. We are looking forward to this work commencing in early 2018.
I would again like to take the opportunity to thank the Foundation’s Trustees, Tim Fairfax AC, Gina Fairfax and Jim Peterson, for their outstanding support and vision which drives the Foundation to explore new and exciting ventures, such as A New Approach. This type of innovative and collaborative work is both challenging and rewarding and simply would not be possible without the Trustees’ willingness to take risks and support novel ideas, and their guidance throughout the process is invaluable.
In the coming year the Foundation will continue to seek out and respond to stakeholders who share our desire to find ways to best support resilient and thriving communities in rural, regional and remote Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Since the Foundation’s first online annual report in 2015 we have been delighted with the response received by grant seekers and grant makers alike regarding the content and its presentation. As we are committed to ensuring this annual resource tells the story of the Foundation in a way that enables all stakeholders to better understand our focus and what drives our work, we would welcome any feedback.