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Building stronger communities

Each year we run an annual small grants program offering grants of up to $3,000 to address disadvantage and exclusion within local towns and communities, especially in rural Australia. We always receive many more applications than we can fund.

You may wish to donate knowing your contribution will help grow stronger communities.  


Attend an Event

Come to our Fundraising Events Lectures, High Tea, Yarck to Yea Bush Walk.

Donate Items

Donate Raffle and Auction items for our High Tea.

Join a Branch

Join one of our branches in Melbourne, Toowoomba or Hobart. Please click here to send an email enquiry. 

Start a Sub Fund

Establish a Sub Fund – a wonderful way for you to invest in rural communities – Find out more.

Hold a Fundraiser

Hold a fundraiser – each year we host dinners with our friends and networks to raise funds and we invite others to do the same. It’s a fun and intimate way to learn about Highways and Byways as well as have a great evening with friends or family.

Give a Gift in Your Will

A lasting legacy to ensure Highways and Byways grows in the future.


We are a small outfit with our office in eastern Melbourne, and we always love any volunteer help across a range of activities:

  • Help at our annual events
  • Become a member of one of our Committees
  • Join one of our Branches in Melbourne, Toowoomba or Hobart

Please click here to email our Executive Officer. 

Join our Board

We are keen to recruit Directors to our Board who share our sense of spirit and mission. Find our more.

Contact Liz McAloon Executive Officer on 03 98735520 or click here to email 


As we grow we are keen to partner with other organisations who share our spirit and mission so that together we can have greater impact. We will pursue partner opportunities and we welcome any expressions of interest.

Contact Liz McAloon Executive officer on 03 98735520 or click here to email 


EVENTS to attend

Launching our partnership with internationally recognised eco-restoration organisation in North East Tasmania

On Saturday 5th June 2021, on World Environment Day 2021,  our partnership program 'Restoring Nature and Communities' was officially launched in St. Helens Tasmania. This was also the day the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration was officially launched...

Walking the Highways and Byways

In August 2020, in the middle of what became a 4 month lock-down in Melbourne, Highways and Byways supporters across various parts of Australia took to their footpaths and tracks to walk and our annual bush walk to honor Father John Wallis. We hope to be up and out...

Congratulations Megan Brown – 2020 Social Justice Award, Queensland

We are delighted that Megan Brown has been awarded the 2020 Toowoomba Diocese Social Justice Award in Roma on Saturday 27th February 2021. The award was presented by Bishop McGuckin, Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Toowoomba. Megan co-ordinates the "Seeds of...

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