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

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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Community Cup Winners

The inaugural Women’s team from the Hawthorn Amateur Football club were recent victors of the Community Bank┬« Cup defeating Canterbury. The game was played in stunning Melbourne sunshine and was a great celebration for the club and their support of women’s football. ┬áSurrey Hills Community Bank┬« Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis presented the cup to team Captain Sarah. We wish the team every success for the remainder of the season.

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AbiliTEA for Autism awareness

Learning for Life recently launched a program Autism AbiliTEA to build awareness about autism and raise funds to provide life-changing intensive early intervention programs to children with ASD from families in financial need.  Adam Osmani and Madeleine Smith from the Balwyn Community Bank® Branch attended the event held in Balwyn.

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Celebrating a summer of Cricket at North Balwyn.

Staff from the Balwyn Community Bank® recently attended the North Balwyn Cricket Club end of season presentation night. Players, families and friends attended and the club sponsors were recognised. The Balwyn Community Bank® has been a long term supporter of the North Balwyn Cricket Club. We have provided more than $20,000 to the club in sponsorship.

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Supporting local Children and families

Kathy Koulouris, Manager of the Ashburton Community Bank┬« recently presented a cheque to The Edge Community Fund in support of the Annual Easter Raffle. The raffle raised $4,500 which will provide support to at least 15 local children and their families. It will assist these children attend camps, sporting activities and other opportunities they wouldn’t normally be able to participate in. The Community Bank┬« is a proud supporter of this important organisation.

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Piggy out and about at the Roberts McCubbin Primary School Fair.

The Surrey Hills Community Bank® Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis was joined by staff Jo May and Kamna Madan at the Roberts McCubbin Primary School Family Fair. Piggy made a special appearance and school and local families enjoyed the festivities on a perfect autumn day. The school has formed a new banking relationship with the Surrey Hills branch and we were pleased to be a gold sponsor of the Fair. We are looking forward to building a strong and valuable working relationship with the school.

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Women's team up and running

Director, Dick Menting and Senior Manager, Nick Coker recently attended the Old Carey Grammarians first game of the season taking on rivals Old Scotch. Old Scotch were victorious on the day.
Old Carey launched their women’s team who are all set for an exciting and historic first season. ┬áThe Balwyn Community Bank┬« branch has a long standing relationship with Old Carey and we wish them well for a great season ahead.

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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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Keeping score at Surrey Park

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch recently attended the 2017 season launch at Surrey Park Sporting Clubs. Maggie is pictured with Rohan Sutherland from the Junior Football Club and Bernard Tanner representing the senior players.  The Community Bank® has provided funding to support the installation of a new electronic scoreboard at the club. We have a strong relationship with this club and wish them all the best for a successful year.

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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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