Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Ltd

Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Ltd (the Company) was created by locals to help locals get their banking back. Now we help locals with so much more, including many and important community investments.

After bank branches closed in Surrey Hills and Canterbury, locals formed two steering committees 2000 and 2001 respectively, to establish Community Bank® branches in each location. We merged the two steering committees to form a single Community Bank® company in 2002, following a request from Bendigo Bank.

Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch opened in February 2003 and the Canterbury Community Bank® Branch opened in August 2003.

We opened a third branch, the Ashburton Community Bank® Branch, in October 2008. It was the first Community Bank® branch to compete in a retail strip with branches from all the major banks, yet it still receives extensive support from the local community. We opened our fourth branch in similar circumstances in Balwyn in 2011. We are considering a fifth branch for Hawthorn.

We made our first community investments in 2005, paying out $9,500 that year. We also approved two $110,000 projects: the Camberwell sports ground electronic score board and a contribution to the$1.2 million Lynden Park pavilion redevelopment. These projects demonstrated to our communities what we could do in years to come. Community investments have since grown to over $2.9 million.

Today, we are a committed member of the Community Bank® network established by Bendigo Adelaide Bank in 1998.

Latest Community Projects

Ladies Lunch at Surrey Park Football Club

Maggie Stamoulis and Jo May from the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch recently attended a ladies lunch at the Surrey Park sports pavilion hosted by the Surrey Park Football Club. The event was a fundraiser for the club and was enjoyed by many club ladies on a sunny winter day. The Surrey Hills Branch has a great relationship with the Football Club and we have recently provided funding toward the installation of the new electronic scoreboard.

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Boroondara Netball celebrates 21 years.

Congratulations to the Boroondara Netball Association who recently celebrated their 21 Birthday. Chairman Juliann Byron and Director Dick Menting attended the celebration at the Boroondara Netball Centre in North Balwyn.  The Association now has 3,500 players and more than 300 teams. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement.

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Warming up at Hockey Club

Kathy Koulouris, Manager at the Ashburton Community Bank® Branch and Director, Bob Stensholt recently attended Waverley Hockey Club to present a cheque for new outdoor heaters for the club. The heaters will make it much for comfortable for spectators during the cold winter months.  Kathy also launched a home loans incentive campaign providing the club the opportunity to earn up to  $25,000 for banking referrals from Waverley Hockey club.

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New Uniforms for Richmond Central Amateur Football Club

Ashburton Community Bank® Branch Manager, Kathy Koulouris recently presented Josh Sharp from Richmond Central Amateur Football Club with a sponsorship cheque for the purchase of player warm up tops.  We have had a long standing relationship with this club and wish them all the best for a successful 2017 playing season.

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Recognising academic excellence at Fintona

Balwyn Community Bank® Manager, Adam Osmani attended Fintona Girls School to present the Commerce Student of the Year with a $100 deposit into a Community Bank account. Joanna Bleakley received the award for outstanding achievements in Commerce and is pictured here with the Head of Commerce, Chris Williams and Adam.

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Foodie Festival coming to Surrey Hills

Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis, from the Surrey Hills Community Bank® presented a Sponsorship cheque to Our Holy Redeemer Primary School Principal, Frank Dame.  The Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch is very pleased to be a Gold sponsor of the Foodie Festival the school is organising later in 2017.

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New Goals for Riversdale Soccer Club.

Gary Johnson, one of our Business Development Managers recently attended the Riversdale Soccer Club and presented a sponsorship cheque for $4,400 to Club President Rob Favata. The sponsorship is provided to the Soccer Club support the purchase of new goals. We look forward to building a successful relationship with the club.

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New Scoreboard for Hockey Club

Staff from the Surrey Hills Community Bank® recently attended a family day celebration at the Kew Box Hill Brumbies Hockey Club. Piggy made a popular appearance and Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis presented a cheque to Club President, Mike Hanlon for sponsorship to support the installation of a new scoreboard.  An additional $1,000 was provided in recognition of a club member settling a home loan with the Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch.

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Facilities upgrade for Ceres Calisthenics.

Director, Bob Stensholt and Ashburton Community Bank® Branch Manager, Kathy Koulouris visited the Ceres Calisthenics Club to present a sponsorship cheque to support the facility upgrade at the Club in Ashwood.  The club has more than 170 girls and women competing at championship level across every age group. We have had a long standing relationship with this club.

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Redbacks on their way to earning $25,000

]Ashburton Community Bank® Manager, Kathy Koulouris and Senior Manager, Nick Coker recently launched a Home Loans Campaign at the Ashy Redbacks.
The club will be rewarded each time a member or supporter moves their home loan to the Ashburton Community Bank®. Denise Garrett (pictured) is the first Ashy Redback member to do this earning $1,000 for the club. If nine other club members do the same the club will earn $25,000. We are proud supporters of the Ashy Redbacks and wish them every success for the 2017 season.

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