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Find out more on the community projects that have received funding from the RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant and Community Kitchen Grant programs.

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De Olde Nabiac Klub

De Olde Nabiac Klub's (DONK) Safety First project Read more

Narromine High School

Narromine, in the Central West of NSW, has an economy centred on agriculture so it makes perfect sense that half the students at Narromine High School elect to study agriculture and involve themselves with the extra-curricular opportunities available including the very successful Narromine High School Show Team. Read more

Burren Junction

When Walgett Shire Council condemned the Burren Junction School of Arts Hall in 2015 the community refused to accept a future without the Hall Read more

Fencing for the Future

Kyogle may be the gateway to the rainforests, but Kyogle Showground is home to the field of dreams thanks to an incredible team of hardworking volunteers and a RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant. Read more

Play Grow Connect, Gulargambone

Local teacher, Katie Rowe, plays an active part in her local community by volunteering for several community organisations including the community owned and run 2828 Café. The café offers training and employment opportunities to locals as well as showcasing local produce. All profits from 2828 are invested back into the community. Read more

Uralla Community Garden

The small town of Uralla can be found at the junction of the New England Highway and Thunderbolt’s Way in the Northern Tablelands of NSW, 465km north of Sydney. In 2014 Uralla was named the first Zero-Net Energy town in Australia. Read more

The Big Red Bus - Port Macquarie

The Big Red Bus visits towns and villages in the Hastings Valley region including Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Gloucester. It operates not only as a youth centre but a place where all community members, young and old, can meet and connect. The bus is staffed by a number of young adults from a range of local community organisations working together as a team to offer services to improve their community. It has also galvanized a large number of volunteers who are passionate about helping others and bringing their community together. The main objectives of the project were to foster a sense of community, belonging and purpose in the area's young people that would positively affect their lifestyle choices. The project team renovated a 1960s red double-decker bus, fitting it out with sporting equipment, a climbing wall, computer gaming technology and a café. The bus now provides Tuesday evening meals at the beach to over 100 residents each week, as well as a Christmas breakfast. It has provided health checks at local shows such as Gloucester and Wingham, and been there to celebrate numerous community events including Homeless Week and Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week. The bus has achieved its objective of creating a safe and positive environment for young people to meet friends and youth mentors, and participate in fun activities. It has also delivered programs and activities that enhance life skills and help young people feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to their community. The Big Red Bus was funded in 2008 and is still going strong. Read more

Animals on Bikes, Cumnock

Cumnock is a tranquil rural village centrally located between Orange, Dubbo, Parkes and Wellington. The project aimed to create a tourist road route between Dubbo Zoo and Molong, via Cumnock and Yeoval, taking in 120km of paddock art sculptures, called Animals on Bikes. The route is free, open year-round and designed to draw traffic off the main highway onto the secondary road connecting these rural communities. The primary objective was to grow the economy of the region by increasing the tourist activity in the towns on the art route. The Animals on Bikes project aimed to address many of the common challenges faced by small country towns including a declining population, unemployment, struggling rural businesses and lack of tourist attractions. The RAS Foundation grant allowed local show societies, farmers and schools to create the Animals on Bikes sculptures. The Animals on Bikes project has had an enormously positive impact on the local region. Road traffic has increased, according to RTA and Council reports, and local businesses are thriving as a greater number of tourists are visiting. The project has also resulted in renewed media interest in the region, and has engaged the local community through their involvement and participation. Read more
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