Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce (NLTC) held a networking business breakfast on Thursday.
Two of Bendigo Bank’s Heathcote branch representatives were guest speakers — financial services director and chairman Stephen Trompp and Heathcote-Nagambie branch manager Michael Prowse.
NLTC president John Beresford welcomed them and the business community to the breakfast, and spoke on the support received by many groups from the Bendigo Bank since it started in Nagambie a few years ago, including the annual fireworks display, the NOW Festival, the Mens Shed, the Nagambie Golf Club, and the learn to drive project for young L-plate drivers.
Mr Trompp spoke about the formation of the franchise for the Heathcote branch as a community bank and how residents invest in the bank, which in turn invests back into the community by giving out grants for various projects.
Strathbogie Shire Councillor Deb Swan raised the possibility of liaising with the bank for the purpose of joining grant applications with the Strathbogie Shire Council, with the idea of a partnership for some community projects.
Local groups were encouraged to send in a proper grant application form to the Bank’s board which meets each month to discuss and approve or disallow grants for community projects, and in some cases major grants for larger works.
The Nagambie branch is soon to open a Community Hub office space in the branch for local groups to utilise — for printing, computer use, meetings, and they will have a staff member who can assist the hub users with the equipment and help them achieve what they need.
‘‘The Nagambie agency will be converting into a branch soon and will be operational on Monday, Thursday and Friday, from 10am until 4pm,’ Nagambie branch manager Michael Prowse said.
‘‘It will be providing Bendigo Bank’s products and services as usual but if people need to speak to me out of those times, they can make an appointment, and I can arrange to meet with them.’’
— Diane Grant