Bank branches out

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By CHARMAYNE AL­LI­SON

OUR town has given a gift to Nagambie, with the Heathcote Com­mu­nity Bank re­cently launch­ing a full bank branch in the town.

Wholly owned by the Heathcote & Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank, the new Nagambie branch has only been pos­si­ble through the fi­nan­cial sup­port of our lo­cal bank.

The branch will pro­vide a new op­tion for the Nagambie com­mu­nity, which has only had one bank to date.

Over time, the branch is ex­pected to be­come a strong per­former in its own right and be able to pro­vide grants and spon­sor­ships to the lo­cal com­mu­nity from its own prof­its.

‘‘Nagambie has a sim­i­lar de­mo­graphic to Kyabram, with real growth po­ten­tial in tourism, the wine in­dus­try and the food in­dus­try,’’ Heathcote & Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank chair Stephen Trompp said.

‘‘Heathcote has de­cided to give this branch as a gift, of­fer­ing the town short-term as­sis­tance to even­tu­ally see a long-term ben­e­fit.’’

A sig­nif­i­cant fea­ture of the new bank is an in­no­va­tive Com­mu­nity Of­fice.

This of­fers a space for lo­cal com­mu­nity groups to use com­put­ers, print­ers, soft­ware and other re­sources pro­vided free of charge by the bank to help them in their com­mu­nity work.

‘‘So far we haven’t had a day where com­mu­nity groups haven’t used the of­fice,’’ Mr Trompp said.

‘‘It has been grate­fully re­ceived, as it of­fers a fan­tas­tic pro­fes­sional space.

‘‘We’re very aware of vol­un­teer burn-outs, so we want to help where we can.’’

The Heathcote & Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank has been oper­at­ing suc­cess­fully for over 10 years, not only pro­vid­ing full bank­ing ser­vices to the town and dis­trict but also sup­port­ing lo­cal causes with close to $1 mil­lion in grants and spon­sor­ships.

The most sig­nif­i­cant re­cent sup­port was $160,000 for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Bar­rack Re­serve pavil­ion.

Bank chair­man Stephen Trompp, Strath­bo­gie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren and Nagambie branch man­ager Michael Prowse at the open­ing of the com­mu­nity of­fice.

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