Play an active role in the social and economic development of our community.
To be a successful Community Bank® to satisfy our customers and shareholders and channel profits into our community
A group of interested community members was briefed by Bendigo Bank on 14 September 2006 in relation to the proposal‚ and in October 2006 the official launch of the community's pledge campaign began and a Steering Committee was appointed.
In May 2007 confidential survey forms were distributed as well as face-to-face interviews by an independent consultant to gauge the viability of the project. A great response was obtained from the community with indicative support sufficient to encourage the Steering Committee to move to the next stage in the process.
The results of the feasibility study were presented to the committee at a meeting held on 26 July 2007 and it was unanimously voted to proceed towards the establishment of the Apollo Bay & District Community Bank® branch. Shares in the Apollo Bay & District Community Enterprises Limited were offered to the public and the target reached.
The branch was officially opened Monday 5 May 2008 with official speeches‚ and entertainment by the local community choir and the primary school choir‚ followed by a sausage sizzle lunch and refreshments.
Opening the branch were Mike Hirst‚ now Managing Director of Bendigo Bank‚ Claire Smith‚ our first customer‚ and Allen Hokin‚ Board Chairman.