FRRR was born in a drought, less than a decade before the 200th anniversary of our postal services. Clare Joyce talks to Natalie Egleton and Catherine McKean about how they make their corporate relationship work.

[caption id="attachment_366115" align="aligncenter" width="3213"] Post office and clock tower in the outback town of Broken Hill.[/caption]

A connection to the vast tracts of sunburnt land that one-third of Australia’s population call home brought Australia Post and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) together in 2000, not long after FRRR was incorporated and awarded charitable status. The partnership “bubbled along” for some time says Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, but ramped up in 2012 when Australia Post was looking to establish a grants program.

“We knew FRRR had a strong connection to grassroots community organisations,” says Catherine McKean, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Programs at Australia Post, “so we reached out to FRRR to work together around better understanding how our grants program could be more effective at the grassroots level.”

“We’re very much about grassroots communities. We’re really about getting into as many places as we can. We can’t be in all of them, but if we could be, we’d be in every…

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