How rural communities are innovating during a pandemic

Week 1: 1 October 4pm-5pm AEST | The rebirth of rural entrepreneurialism

Week 2: 8 October 4pm-5pm AEST | Mobilising young people in regional areas

Week 3: 15 October 4pm-5pm AEST |

Week 4: 22 October 4pm-5pm AEST |

The popular, free Community Builders series which has been running since April, brings together rural and regional community leaders, business owners, primary producers, councillors and community organisations to exchange ideas and information to broaden the collective knowledge base in rural Australia.

Rural Aid wants to provide proactive solutions and inspiration for the people who “get stuff done” in rural Australia; we call those people the community builders.

In this series we’re celebrating small towns and regional communities taking control of their future and achieving mighty outcomes together during these unprecedented times. Those stories inspire other towns and provide solutions to problems that are common in country communities.

The webinar series, sponsored by Bushells, was created during the early months of covid restrictions to support small towns in rural and remote Australia in developing stronger futures in the face of adversity from bushfires to droughts.

The webinars are hosted by Peter Kenyon, a community change and renewal expert from The Bank of Ideas. Peter has spent over 35 years in the field of community change and renewal, and he has a wealth of knowledge on delivering initiatives, programs and long-lasting improvements to our precious small communities across Australia and beyond.

As Winston Churchill said, never waste a good crisis… There is an abundance of success stories emerging from small towns who are supporting entrepreneurs, creating tourism and employment opportunities, and capitalising on the work-from-home reality that means workers no longer need to be permanently based in cities.


“I wanted to take the time to write to sincerely thank you for your drought assistance. The gift cards that you sent were very much appreciated. As we are about to go into 8 years of drought with minimal to no useful rain in the past 2 years, things have been extremely difficult and it is also difficult to express how much the assistance / support is appreciated. Please pass on my sincere thank you to the citizens and businesses that have contributed to Rural Aid.”

Ray Bennett

“Very much appreciated and very helpful. Cannot tell you how much this helps with trying to maintain our breeding ewes as we go into winter.”ted and very helpful. Cannot tell you how much this helps with trying to maintain our breeding ewes as we go into winter.”

Barry and Helen

“Words can’t express our gratitude for the support of ‘Rural Aid’, something we have never considered before. We have always ‘got by’, but our family suggested we apply for this. We are overwhelmed by this generosity, thanks again.”

June and Darryl Joe Kong

“We just want to say a big thank you for the financial assistance that Rural Aid has recently given. We are extremely grateful and it certainly does make a difference.”

Sally Archibald