The Community Bank® director
Community: Collie, Western Australia
'The Community Bank® model is amazing. It’s a unique model in that it’s local ownership, it’s local decision making and it’s local investment by local people.'
Community: East Ivanhoe & Heidelberg, Victoria
'When you look at our constitution and 80 per cent of profits are returned back to the community, that’s enough to say we are a very important business to have in a community. We focus on feeding back into the prosperity of a community rather than other business models which take that prosperity and moves elsewhere with it. We really have a focus on where our customer base is which is why Community Bank® branches across Australia are so important.'
Community: Deloraine, Tasmania
'People are now very proud of the fact that they have a Community Bank® in town. I think they see it as a real mark of success for their community and we are really starting to reap the benefits of that feeling among the community and growing the business.'
Community: Rye, Victoria
Amber was a shareholder and strong supporter of the Rye & District Community Bank® branch from a young age and became a director in 2014. ‘I watched the company for years and I loved what they did and really wanted to be a part of it.’
Community: Sarina, Queensland
‘It is great being part of a network of Company Directors that share common goals, work together and share ideas to develop strategies that will assist all Community Bank® companies improve their business. I am excited to be part of the new era in Community Banking that will enable us to continue to invest in our local communities.’
Community: Victoria Point, Queensland
‘The work I do with our Community Bank® branch is 100% what I am about - my values and what I love doing. The core reason I volunteer is because it’s always about the people. We are a wanted business and a wanted and respected organisation.’
Community: Mansfield, Victoria
‘We love having the Community Bank® as a part of our community. It is a fantastic model that works well for our customers and our community, and we can’t have one without the other. We look forward to many community successes underpinned by our Community Bank® branch.’
Community: North Ryde, New South Wales
‘I joined the Community Bank® National Council to ensure fairness within the partnership and to represent the community. I am a founding Director of North Ryde Community Finance Limited and am passionate about ensuring that communities are not deprived of every day facilities, such as banking.’
Community: Mount Gambier, South Australia
‘I was invited to join the board of the Mount Gambier Community Bank® branch in 2014. My professional background is in accounting and teaching Financial Services at TAFESA and I've served on several local boards for many years. The Community Bank® model is unique, provides a great benefit to our communities and I am proud to be a member of the Community Bank® Network.’
Community: Rupanyip/Minyip, Victoria
‘Running a successful Community Bank® branch enables communities to take control of their own destiny. Before we had a Community Bank® branch we would go to Local, State or Federal Government complaining of an issue that needed their attention. All we could do was lobby. Now we go to Government saying here is the issue, we’ve developed a solution, we can provide some seed funding so will you partner with us to deliver a fantastic outcome for all? It’s a completely different, but compelling, conversation.’
Community: Epping, New South Wales
Creating better outcomes for the community was the reason I became involved in the community banking model. As a founding member of a Community Bank® Branch, I am proud to see the achievements and outcomes that have been made possible, not only in profits being distributed back into the area, but also the collaboration of our many stakeholders all working together to make great things happen.
Being appointed to the Community Bank® National Council has allowed me to be part of the bigger picture, ensuring that our community banking model future prospers, enabling all its communities and stakeholders to thrive from a successful banking business.