Does Deni need a makeover?

By Daniel Hughes

A campaign to make Deniliquin one of 10 rural communities selected for a 'makeover' has now been launched.

Rural Aid Australia announced its Sustainable Community Program this week, which will offer 10 communities a minimum of $100,000 each over five years.

Deniliquin Business Chamber president Paula Rutter is supporting the initiative, and asking community members to come forward with ideas.

To be eligible for funding, towns must provide long term vision for the future of the town, possible projects that need completing or strategies that can contribute to the growth or maintenance of the communities population.

"I think this is a fantastic initiative that I hope the community can get behind," Mrs Rutter said.

"I'm welcoming anyone with ideas, even if its a rough one.

"We can work together over the next two weeks to get together a really solid application with enough time to iron out the details and submit before the deadline."

In addition to the funding, successful communities will also receive help from up to 100 of Rural Aid's 'Farm Army' volunteers.  The volunteers will spend up to a week in the successful communities, undertaking a range of infrastructure projects identified by town leaders.

"Having the Farm Army volunteers come to contribute to current projects would make a huge impact on the town," Mrs Rutter said.

"I’ll be talking to Edward River Council to put forward a supported community application as well.

"If anyone has any ideas please feel free to contact me to do a joint application."

Phone Mrs Rutter on 0400767997 to discuss any application ideas.

Applications close September 30, 2019. For more information and to submit an application, go to