Bendigo to chip in

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

THE LO­CAL com­mu­nity is be­ing in­vited to share their ideas for the re­gion, no mat­ter how big or small at a com­mu­nity fo­rum.

Fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of com­mu­nity fo­rums in nearby Far North Queens­land towns, Bendigo Bank through its com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive Cairns Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise, will host­ing its own fo­rum on Oc­to­ber 10 at Moss­man Shire Hall at 6.30pm.

Chair­man of Cairns Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise (CCE) Stephen Devenish said un­der the Cairns Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise - an ini­tia­tive of the Bendigo Bank - the com­pany has the dis­cre­tion to se­lect com­mu­nity groups and projects to in­vest lo­cal bank­ing prof­its.

‘‘Thanks to our cus­tomers, our lo­cal Cairns Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise has now reached a level which al­lows us to con­trib­ute to com­mu­nity projects and or­gan­i­sa­tions on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and we wanted to con­sult the lo­cal com­mu­nity to share their big ideas for Moss­man and Port Dou­glas,’’ Mr Devenish said.

‘‘ This is a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to con­trib­ute to the de­velop- ment of our town and how we can work to­gether to cre­ate a sus­tain­able fu­ture in our area.

‘‘Projects of im­por­tance to you and your fam­ily may be sim­i­lar to oth­ers in the area, and to­gether we can ex­plore the op­tions that will ben­e­fit the ma­jor­ity.’’

Since 2009 Cairns Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise an ini­tia­tive o f Bendigo Bank has in­vested $453,000 back into the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties sup­port­ing lo­cal groups such as K.I.N.D, Lawn Bowls Moss­man, and the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

Projects may be of any size, one off or on­go­ing and may also be car­ried out in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other groups or govern­ment at any level.

‘‘Some of the projects that have been brought to our at­ten­tion so far in­clude botan­i­cal gar­dens in Moss­man and com­mu­nity gar­den in­fra­struc­ture in Port Dou­glas,’’ Mr Devenish said.

‘‘We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to bring their ideas to the ta­ble, so we can re­ally find out what our com­mu­nity needs.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion or to RSVP, call Moss­man branch on 40981055 or Port Dou­glas branch on 4099 4231.

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