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The Community Bank Robe & Districts AGM was held recently, bringing together our Board, staff and sponsorship recipients.
Changing the baton
Community Bank Robe & Districts staff are getting excited about a major change within the branch.
With Branch Manager Tracey Bainger going on maternity leave there will be a shuffle of staff positions in the branch. This will see Robbie Chappel move into the Acting Branch Manager position.
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Sponsorships & Grants
Sponsorships and Grants
Over $350K given back to community…
Life should be all about celebrating milestones. And it is no different for us at Community Bank Robe & Districts.
Our journey began in Robe almost 20 years ago, when there suddenly became only one bank on offer to it’s residents, and there grew the flame of passion for the small town to embrace the model of a Community Bank Branch.
Community Bank Robe & Districts branch was officially opened on the 24 October 2003 and this year in 2019 we will be breaking out the bubbles to celebrate our 16th birthday.
The Community Bank model is brilliantly simple. Our customers choose to bank with us, and we are committed to returning 80% of our bank profits back to those communities, and 20% of our bank profits to our shareholders. This may be for your local sporting or social club, a community event or group infrastructure. We have even been on the lookout for BIG projects within our banking region to benefit from the sponsorship pool.
Another milestone moment...
We have recorded the highest sponsorship contribution in 2018/2019 – wait for it – over $80,000. And this just wouldn’t happen without the customers that choose to bank with us.
We are closing in on our BIGGEST milestone so far. On the wall of our Robe, Kingston and Lucindale locations, we will soon have a Sponsorship Board, so you can see the level of sponsorship that the Robe & District Community Bank Branch has reached. We now sit at the incredible level of $340,000 and look forward to reaching the BIG milestone of $350,000.
So what does your Community Bank mean to you? A warm smile. A genuine handshake. Banking made easy.
We are here to help you and look forward to investing in our communities to grow.
Restoring the Old Police Stables in Robe
The Community Bank Robe & Districts Board receive applications for sponsorship on a monthly basis, and more often than not, they come from sporting and social clubs, or for assistance with community events.
But a recent application came from the Robe Branch of the National Trust of SA, to assist with the restoration of one of our quite interesting heritage buildings - The Police Stables on Frome Street in the town's historical conservation zone.
The project came about following the recent handover of the Police Stables and land to the local National Trust branch from the South Australian government. They were granted the building and a small amount of land surrounding the old stables.
The stables were in use by troopers from when the building was completed in 1864. Steeped in history this building is quite unique, but after liaising with an experienced stonemason and a heritage architect, it was recognised that the structure had been "fixed" over the years with the wrong mortar and the parapets at the top were in terrible condition and water has been getting in and damaging the building.
The National Trust of SA Robe Branch applied for sponsorship funds to assist with the Stage 1 renovations. They believe that the Old Police Stables lends itself to a space for both locals and visitors, and ideas have included pop-up museums, artists-in-residence, storytelling of the building and history of Robe, and exhibitions, with the focus on this space being for community, school group, and tourism purposes.
The Community Bank Board have granted $5000 to assist the local group with their renovations, this sponsorship deal coming under the Heritage and Infrastructure banner.
Chairperson Jill Davidson and Treasurer Valerie Monaghan were excited to receive the good news at the Community Bank Robe & Districts AGM and look forward to collaborating with the Community Bank by promoting the new partnership.
The National Trust Branch were instrumental in the restoration of the Customs House on the Royal Circus and its conversion to a museum, and in subsequent years carrying out an extensive redesigning of the museum. They had a "scanfest" where locals were asked to bring their old history photos in to be scanned. These have been put to music and are in constant display in the Customs House.
The local group are probably also best known for their Blue Plaque project on the old buildings in Robe, which was accompanied by a small book. The group are keen to extend this project and add an app and have an internet presence in the future.
Some of their other projects over the years include the CSIRO Station field display on the Nora Creina Road which highlights the regions deficiency in cobalt and the "Coastal Disease" experienced by early settlers with its devastating effect on their livestock, instigating a recent heritage conference in conjunction with the DC of Robe, and contributing $4500 to engage a landscape architect to prepare a draft Cemetery Action Plan from which the DC of Robe have adopted the principles.
Heritage SA were also generous contributors to the Police Stables restoration project, allocating $10,000 via the SA Heritage Grants Program.
Over $375,000 of sponsorship monies have now been allocated to events, clubs and projects within the Robe, Kingston and Lucindale communities by the Community Bank Robe & Districts. This input into community has only been made possible by those who choose to do their banking with the Community Bank branch.
Profits re-injected into local Medical Centre redevelopment
In 2018, Board members for the Community Bank Robe & Districts branch made the decision to donate $40,000 of their profits towards the Robe Medical Centre redevelopment. This news was announced to their local community and shareholders at the 2018 AGM, by the Chairman at the time, Mark Baker.
Following the Board's decision, the Robe Medical Centre provided somewhat of a ‘Wish List’, which detailed items the Centre intended to put the funding towards. Items such as new furniture, cabinetry for medical supplies and consulting beds for the Centre’s additional treatment rooms were included on the list, along with one ‘big ticket’ item; a diagnostic ultrasound tool, specifically requested by the local Doctor. The ultrasound machine will provide a much needed service to the township of Robe and surrounding communities, as patients would previously be required to travel other towns to have access to this type of facility.
With the upgrade completed in December 2018, the Centre is now comprised of additional rooms for consulting and training, and now boasts modern medical facilities that will benefit the entire Robe community. The Centre’s entrance, administration and waiting areas also underwent a revamp. While the funding donated by the Community Bank Robe & Districts branch was by no means the only funding the Robe Medical Centre received, it provided a significant boost to degree of upgrade the Centre was able to achieve.
Investors & Shareholders
Investor & Shareholder
Our Community Bank company is run by local volunteers who are committed to our local community.
Our Branch Staff
Acting Branch Manager: Robbie Chappel
Assistant Branch Manager: Sharon Hondow
Customer Relationship Officer: Jack Sneath
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Financial Statements and Reports
2021 Annual Reportpdf, 9.7 MB
2020 Annual Reportpdf, 1.2 MB
2019 Annual Reportpdf, 1.3 MB
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
Newsletter Winter 2021pdf, 2 MB
Newsletter Autumn 2021pdf, 1.5 MB
Newsletter October 2020pdf, 576 KB
Newsletter February 2020pdf, 1.1 MB
Newsletter August 2019pdf, 1 MB
Newsletter December 2018pdf, 1.3 MB
Newsletter-April-2018pdf, 397 KB
Newsletter-October-2015pdf, 411 KB
Shareholders- Contact Us
Robe Community Financial Services Limited
ABN 24 101 974 887
9 Victoria Street
Robe SA 5276
PO Box 199, Robe SA 5276
9 Victoria Street
Robe SA 5276
PO Box 454
Bendigo VIC 3552
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