New $140,000 grant to continue Rural Challenge work – Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Released: 1 June 2017

Council in partnership with City of Greater Bendigo will receive $140,000 from the Victorian Government to continue a leadership program that works with local community organisations to promote gender equality and the prevention of violence against women.  

The pilot Rural Challenge Project that was rolled out across parts of the Macedon Ranges and City of Greater Bendigo earlier this year focussed on creating more gender equitable CFA brigades and football/netball clubs.  

Macedon Ranges Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson said the funding boost was great news and will assist Council to empower other local clubs and brigades to be more female and family-friendly.  

“Community organisations that promote and foster a culture of equality are more likely to attract and retain members and volunteers.  

“The funding will mean that we can form new partnerships and build on the work we completed during the pilot project,” she said.  

The pilot Rural Challenge project was a collaboration between Macedon Ranges Shire Council, City of Greater Bendigo, Women’s Health Loddon Mallee, AFL Goldfields, AFL Central Victoria and CFA North West Region with input from Sports Focus and the Centre for Non-Violence in Bendigo.  

“We are keen to build on these partnerships, improve gender equity, prevent sexism and continue to strengthen our local communities by taking a stand on these important issues,” Cr Anderson said.  

The project is funded by the Victorian Government’s Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Program that supports innovative approaches to preventing family violence and supports the key actions arising from Free from Violence: Victoria's Prevention Strategy.  

Clubs or CFA brigades interested in participating in the project can contact Jessica Crofts on 5422 0333 or via for more information.