Bank in­vests in Kyabram

Stan­hope comes to­gether for leg­endairy pro­duc­tion

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

KYABRAM and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank awarded $15,500 in com­mu­nity spon­sor­ship at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing ear­lier this month.

The spon­sor­ship in­cluded fund­ing to­wards projects be­ing com­pleted by sev­eral com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing $5000 to the Fauna Park and $3000 to Kyabram Dis­trict Health Ser­vice.

Di­rec­tor Vince Cur­tis said grants were an im­por­tant part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mis­sion and the bank was ex­tremely proud to of­fer them.

“The more peo­ple that bank with the com­mu­nity bank, the more spon­sor­ship we can of­fer,” he said.

“The mis­sion of the bank is to pro­vide lo­cals with a qual­ity ser­vice and a chance to give back to the com­mu­nity they live in.”

Mr Cur­tis said the meet­ing served as an op­por­tu­nity to up­date and thank the bank’s share­hold­ers.

“With­out share­hold­ers the whole con­cept would not be pos­si­ble. Their fund­ing is what makes it all pos­si­ble,” he said.

“The bank is show­ing great po­ten­tial and we are ex­tremely thank­ful for the up­take from the com­mu­nity and the hard work of all the staff.”

Branch man­ager Ben Lan­g­ley said the Kyabram and dis­trict com­mu­nity could play a huge role in help­ing their town by switch­ing to the com­mu­nity bank.

STAN­HOPE has been fea­tured in a doc­u­men­tary by Dairy Aus­tralia, cel­e­brat­ing their story which led to be­ing named Aus­tralia’s Leg­endairy cap­i­tal in 2015.

The film high­lighted the suc­cess of the Leg­endairy Cap­i­tal pro­gram show­cas­ing dairy farm­ers and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties who par­tic­i­pated in the in­au­gu­ral pro­gram.

More than 100 mem­bers of the com­mu­nity packed the Stan­hope Com­mu­nity Hall this month to watch their story un­fold on the big screen.

Dairy Aus­tralia pro­gram man­ager Suzi O’Dell said the doc­u­men­tary iden­ti­fied and cel­e­brated the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion dairy farm­ers made to their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘As part of the pro­gram last year, we vis­ited each of the eight fi­nal­ist com­mu­ni­ties and met hun­dreds of peo­ple who shared their in­spir­ing sto­ries of com­mu­nity sup­port and of the con­tri­bu­tion dairy farm­ers make to the so­cial fab­ric of their towns,’’ she said.

Launch­ing again in Fe­bru­ary 2017, Dairy Aus­tralia is call­ing on peo­ple to start think­ing about what makes their com­mu­nity great.

‘‘I en­cour­age peo­ple to start think­ing about what makes their com­mu­nity Leg­endairy, and what ini­tia­tive they can nom­i­nate that will ben­e­fit the en­tire com­mu­nity,’’ Ms O’Dell said.

— Vivi­enne Duck

Stan­hope res­i­dents were happy to see the Dairy pro­duc­tion.

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