About Us

Founded by outback Aussies … for rural Australia

This Foundation originally traded as Gulf Horizons Foundation, a charity formed in Georgetown in far north Queensland, in 2011. It was the response to the downturn caused by the live export ban, floods, and fire throughout vast grazing and farming communities. Crippling debt and pressure from financial institutions soon followed, and now aggravated by severe drought throughout rural communities in Australian States.

The organisation was managed by the Board and CEO (the late) Mrs. Noeline Ikin, thence from 2014 with Neill Newton as CEO, both seen here with Senators Mathew Canavan and Senator James McGrath.


Since that time the ‘charity’ has been re-imagined and re-engineered into the National Foundation for Rural Australia, with the focus on raising substantial funds from many sources, then distributing those funds Australia wide, to rural organisations, charities, associations and communities, in order to support delivery of a range of services and supports to rural families, communities and small towns.

The Hon Warren Entsch MP (Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia) with CEO Neill Newton, prior to the re-engineering into a Foundation … and name change.

New Constitution

With a new constitution developed in June 6th 2016, the Board and CEO steered the organisation into its new role, thence undertook a name change to the Australian Horizons Foundation … along with new marketing collateral and vision.

Go to our Structure and Board page here to see our Constitution!

The Foundation’s Details