Since 2008, the Trust has been working with a range of government and not-for-profit organisations to build the effectiveness of two Aboriginal-controlled organisations in Mildura and Robinvale. The effectiveness of that partnership is being externally evaluated.
Due to the level of need and complex issues in Robinvale, the Trust has focused its resources in this community over recent years and has built relationships with various local organisations such as Swan Hill Rural City Council, Robinvale District Health Service and the Robinvale P-12 School. Robinvale is a town on the Murray River in northern Victoria, between Swan Hill and Mildura with a population of approximately 2,200. Robinvale has a significant Aboriginal community comprising 10% of the population and is a town of varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds with 34% of the population born overseas, 28% from a non-English speaking background. Australian Bureau of Statistics data from the 2011 Census ranked Robinvale 10th most disadvantaged area of the state.
The Trust’s CEO, Sylvia Admans, also sits on the Robinvale Advancing Country Towns Initiative, a four-year Victorian Government initiative that brings together a number of government and non-government agencies to address the economic development, education and integrated services in the region.
Recent grants made under this collaboration include:
Robinvale District Health Service $90,000 (over three years)
Towards the Robinvale & Euston Festival for Healthy Living 2013-2016
Robinvale District Health Service $15,000 (over two years)
Towards Robinvale youth school holiday program
Robinvale P-12 College $11,470
Towards youth leadership camp
Robinvale District Health Service $165,000 (over three years)
Towards the Early Years Network Program Coordinator position.
Swan Hill Rural City Council $2,000
Lighting of Robinswood Oval in Robinvale