Guidelines now available for local grants as part of the preparing Australia program

A key component of the Australian Government’s $600 million Preparing Australia Program has been launched, with the guidelines for the first stream of the program now available for communities. Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie is urging locals to get their projects lined up now for the $150 million first round of…

Senator McKenzie encourages local groups to apply for funding to boost organ and tissue donation awareness

The Australian Government is providing up to $750,000 in the 2022 Community Awareness Grants for initiatives to reach key audiences and provide creative ways to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation. Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie is encouraging community groups, local businesses and not-for-profit organisations to apply for a grant…

Taskforce to examine impacts of regional bank branch closures

Image source: The Weekly Times A Regional Banking Taskforce has been established by the Liberal and Nationals Government to assess the impact of bank branch closures on regional communities. The Taskforce will bring together banks and other key stakeholders to assess how bank branch closures have impacted local businesses, industries and communities and work collaboratively…

Regional Victorian communities encouraged to recognise Remembrance Day

Schools, ex-service organisations and community groups across Australia will soon receive resources to help them plan Remembrance Day commemorative services and activities. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has prepared a Remembrance Day educational resources pack to highlight the history and importance of honouring Australia’s veterans…