Community bank powering ahead

The Steering Committee for the initiative to establish a Bendigo Bank branch in Gerringong has passed the half way mark in its campaign to raise $800,000 in pledges from the community.

“Around $500,000 has already been pledged and we need to maintain momentum,” says Leanne Mitchell of Gerringong accounting firm Numbers Count.

“We know people want a bank to come back to town, yet of the 1000 pledge forms we have distributed at least 750 are out there sitting on tables or attached to fridge doors.

“The time to act is now. Let’s make this happen for the sake of our town.

“We set ourselves an ambitious timeframe to get the pledges in because we didn’t see any point in mucking around.

“I encourage anyone who wants to see Gerringong have a bright future to lodge their pledge forms this week. Just drop them into the Pharmacy or Park Ridge Retreat.”

Another way the community can help is to consider transferring their bank accounts to the Gerringong, Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads branch of Bendigo Bank.

“The branch we want to open already has a BSB number, so you can already
get your money working for our community,” says Ms Mitchell.

Representatives of the Bank will be in Gerringong on 24 and 27 April for private meetings to arrange the transfer of the accounts or discuss new loan opportunities with them.  Appointments are necessary, and can be booked on 0427 239 732.

For a limited period the bank will be offering customers of new branches a ‘no transfer cost’ deal.

Because the bank initiative is all about community, the Committee is also organising a Trivia Night to raise funds for the next steps in the process.

“We promise there won’t be too many questions on banking,” says Ms Mitchell.

It is to be held at the Gerroa Fishermans Club on Saturday 12 May. Tickets from Numbers Count.




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