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

Ashburton Village Festival- a celebration of community

The Ashburton Community Bank® were the proud Major Sponsor of the Ashburton Village Twilight Festival. An estimated 12,000 people enjoyed the summer sunshine and the great variety of activities on offer. Piggy was busy entertaining festival goers and enjoying time on the Ashburton Community Bank® stage. The Festival provided a great opportunity for the community to enjoy the vibrant Ashburton Village and wander down the normally busy
High st.

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Supporting children to reach their full potential

We are very proud to support Learning for Life Autism Centre in Balwyn. The centre aims to assist children with autism to reach their full potential regardless of their financial circumstances. Adam Osmani and Dot Tamburrini from the Balwyn Community Bank® branch recently presented Mary Muirhead from Learning for Life with a $5,500 cheque to support their annual fundraising ball.

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A big welcome to Roberts McCubbin Primary School

The Surrey Hills Community Bank┬« branch is pleased to have established a relationship with Roberts McCubbin Primary School in Box Hill South. Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis recently presented school Principal Marg Pickburn and Fair coordinator Britta with a cheque for the school’s upcoming Family Fun Fair. The Surrey Hills Community Bank┬« Branch is looking forward to the Fair and to building a great working relationship with the school.

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Music Festival in Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch is a proud major sponsor of the Surrey Hills Music Festival. Held in November, the main event day was blessed with glorious sunshine and a large crowd enjoyed a huge variety of music and great food offered by local Union Rd traders. We have a strong relationship with the Festival organising committee and have provided support of more than $27,000 to this event over
recent years.

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New equipment for Cricket Club

Sunday 29th January was a special day at the Bulleen Cricket Club. Life Members were invited to present the Most Valuable Player awards to current players and Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis presented President, Neil Henry with a sponsorship cheque for $4,000. The Community Bank® has a strong relationship with the club and its members. Sponsorship funds will be used to purchase new equipment and subsidise fees for junior players.

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On the road with Camcare

Chairman Juliann Byron and Senior Manager Nick Coker representing the Ashburton Community Bank® branch joined staff and volunteers at Camcare at their recent Christmas gathering. Camcare play a crucial role in our community supporting people through times of adversity including unemployment, ill health, financial stress and hardship, relationship difficulties, homelessness and security issues. We are pleased to have been able to provide funds to allow Camcare to purchase a motor vehicle for use by staff and volunteers.

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Cricket club supporting breast cancer awareness

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch was a guest of Mont Albert Cricket Club at their recent Ladies Luncheon. Funds were raised for the McGrath Foundation for their important work in Breast Cancer awareness and research. The event was well attended and full of energy and support for a great cause. Maggie also presented a cheque to the Club President Peter Knox for $1,000 in recognition of a club member banking with the Surrey Hills Community Bank®.

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Team effort supporting local events

The team of Managers (from left Adam Osmani-Balwyn, Kathy Koulouris- Ashburton, Maggie Stamoulis- Surrey Hills, Casey Etherton-Canterbury and Business Development Manager Nick Azar) from our four Community Bank® branches were all on hand in preparation for the Kris Kindl event in Canterbury. The team works closely together to support community events in all local areas. They have a shared commitment to continuing the great work that has been achieved to date to grow banking business and deliver contributions back to the Community.

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Kindergarten benefits from community banking

Kathy Koulouris, Manager from the Ashburton Community Bank® branch recently attended the Rowen St Kindergarten to present a cheque to the Committee President. We provided support for the Annual Rowen Street fun day held in October and an incentive payment for a kindergarten family who has recently taken out a home loan with the Ashburton Community Bank® Branch.

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Celebrating $3 million in Community Contributions

The Annual General Meeting of Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance was recently held at the Evergreen Centre in Balwyn. Shareholders and representatives from our community groups, joined Directors and staff from the Canterbury, Ashburton, Balwyn and Surrey Hills Community Bank® branches to celebrate the $3 million milestone. The four Community Bank® branches have provided more than $3 million back to the local community in sponsorship, grants and incentives through the Community Investment Program.

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