Community Chest Grants Program

Following on from the success of the Ku-ring-gai Edition of Monopoly, the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches are pleased to announce the Community Chest Grants Program.

Over the next few months, we will be giving away $22,787 to local charities, and not for profits with charitable projects.

How does it work?

Local charitable organisations are encouraged to apply for one of 10 financial grants of $2,000. An additional $2,787 will then be granted to one of the 10 chosen organisations as part of a public vote.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to local charitable organisations and to other not for profits for a charitable purpose. ie: A local sporting club could apply for a Community Chest Grant to build wheelchair access to their clubhouse or provide provisions for an impaired player.

They could not apply for a grant to purchase new equipment for the club.

How to apply?

Apply online HERE from the 1st March 2019.

Terms and Conditions:

Applications meeting the criteria will be considered by our Community Engagement Committee, comprising staff of Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches and directors of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited.


Submissions open 1 March 2019

Submissions close 31 March 2019

Announcement of 10 groups to receive $2,000 grant 15 April 2019

Voting for “Community Choice Grant” opens 16 April 2019

Voting closes 30 April 2019

Presentation to all grant recipients – and announcement of Community Choice Grant mid-May 2019.

Supporting our Farmers

The evidence of our supportive and generous community was once again on-show late last year when we put the call out to support our farmers in need.

With the help of our community, the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank raised $20,750 for Rural Aid in support of our farmers, more than tripling our initial goal of $6,000.

We started with an idea to match our customer’s donations, dollar for dollar, up to $3,000. This rapidly grew legs, with eager staff starting “dress like a farmer” days in the branch to catch the attention of our customers. 


It wasn’t just the customers attention that was attracted – a number of local community groups caught wind of what was happening within the branches and put their support behind our collection.

It was truly a community effort.




Share the Load – Helping those in need.

Late last year one of our customers, United Tradies, organised a six-day trip to the farming community of Eurimbla. (5 hours from Sydney) The aim of the trip was to give some hands-on support to the drought-affected farming community within Eurimbla.
Effectively to “Share the Load”. 

The team at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches were thrilled to partner United Tradies on the project. The branches organised a collection of non-perishable items donated by our local community, which were then given to the farmers. Our Branch Manager Dean and staff member Brenda headed out to Eurimbla along with their partners to join the volunteer team with practical hands-on support.

The volunteer group of about 20 included plumbers and electricians, who were able to help with jobs that had been neglected due to either time or money.

Over the six days, the volunteer group of about 20, fixed fences, rebuilt a shed, painted buildings and fed stock. Within the group of volunteers were some skilled tradesmen, who were able to complete some plumbing and electrical jobs that had been neglected due to time or money.  In addition to the practical help, the volunteers provided wonderful support for the farmers just by listening and sharing time with them.  Lifelong friendships were made.

The farming community in Eurimbla, like much of New South Wales, has been battling the effects of the drought since 2015.  They have seen their herds of cattle and sheep decimated reducing the numbers of calves and lambs being born to undernourished mothers.  Every day is a battle where an animal’s lifespan can be measured in days, sometimes hours, and where the smallest win is a monumental event.

This fabulous and uplifting experience is one that we plan to repeat (with staff lining up to volunteer at the next Share the Load long weekend organised by United Tradies).  From the stories told, I’m not sure who got more out of the experience, the volunteers or the farmers they were there to support – but it certainly showed a huge amount of COMMUNITY spirit and was an experience no one will forget.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

You will find the hardworking team from HKWS popping up all over our local community in the lead up to Christmas, spreading awareness and raising funds to fight back against family and domestic violence.


St Ives Village Shopping Centre– Coffee Crew Table

(Lower level near Harris Farm)

Spreading awareness of the services available within our community for those finding themselves victims of family and domestic violence is a big part of the HKWS job. This weekend on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd Dec, the team will be selling gifts and providing information on HKWS. If you happen to be in the area, stop by and say hello.




Annual Christmas Wrapping – Hornsby Westfield 

From the 17th – 24th of December, the HKWS will be providing Gift Wrapping for a gold coin donation per gift.

Drop by and see our Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branch staff on Tuesday 18 December, we will be there from 3pm to 9pm. All proceeds will go directly to support the women within the HKWS service.



 The Apron Project

Strength is her Super Power

Strength is the inner power to withstand whatever comes our way. Strength is our capacity to endure in the midst of tests and as we grow in strength we are able to tackle life’s challenges with courage and determination.

The theme for the 2018 Apron Project was borne from a comment made by a young boy who likened the aprons to superhero capes.

In the last three years over 100 artists from Australia and overseas have presented more than 200 hand painted aprons with original designs and raised much-needed funds for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter and this year is no exception.

The gallery of creative aprons is hitting the road in early 2019  for a tour of NSW. Leading the charge is Sallianne McClelland – 2018 NSW Woman of the Year for Hornsby and Westfield Local Hero. Sallianne will be taking the aprons and her message to communities on a 2600 kilometre journey.  Sally will be speaking and raising awareness about Domestic and Family violence while providing an opportunity to raise funds for local Women’s services in each town

A Finale and auction for a chance to purchase one of these magnificent aprons will be held on March 8, 2019 – International Women’s Day.  Tickets available: HERE 


Can you help KYDS deliver their mission this season?

KYDS offer expert mental health services that are free and accessible, to young people across northern Sydney.

Elena’s Story: Elena was in an abusive relationship for years. Like most women in this situation she was terrified to leave her husband, but after years of psychological and physical abuse, she began to fear her husband would threaten her three children. Bravely, she built up the strength to leave him. All alone, the struggle to pay rent and bills was relentless for Elena. Although she had tried her best to shelter her children, the trauma was affecting their school life and their mental health. Sadly she couldn’t afford the extra costs of the mental health support she knew they needed.


Thanks to the generous support of your donations, KYDS was able to step in to assist Elena. KYDS gave her family much-needed therapy, allowing them each to come to terms with their past and move towards a brighter future.

Please help KYDS to deliver free, accessible and expert mental health support to young people across the northern Sydney region.

Every donation you give will make a difference to young people and their families in our community, so they can look forward to their brighter future. Thanks to your generosity, since we opened our doors in 2005, KYDS has been able to offer life to change support to thousands of young people and their families.

Every donation you make to KYDS helps us to help families just like Elena’s.

Through your support KYDS will:

*Provide expert clinicians to work with young people.

*Help build the skills young people need to reach their full potential.

*Provide free, accessible and expert mental health services.

Please donate to help KYDS give young people hope this festive season:

$50 towards a family counselling session with a psychologist.

$100 towards mental health counselling for a vulnerable young person.

$500 towards the delivery of preventative, targeted mental health workshops in a school setting.

$1500 towards long-term therapeutic intervention of a vulnerable young person.

To donate visit:

St Lucy’s School – Full of Festive Cheer.

The end of the year is a significant time at St Lucy’s as they reflect on all of the wonderful learning over the year and prepare for the Christmas Season. It’s also a time where preparations are in full swing for the St Lucy’s End of Year Concert, this year themed – THIS IS ME.

The annual concert is a very special celebration of the students love of dance, music and performing along with their courage, determination and joy. The Creative Arts Department work with the teachers and students to put on a magical end of year show.

The concert will be performed twice; Once to the very dedicated group of 160 volunteers, who offer such great support throughout the year, along with the student’s buddies from Knox and Prouille schools and special friends, donors and sponsors. The second performance will be for parents and families of students – This is always a highlight for students, being able to spot mum and dad in the crowd!


Week Without Words

St Lucy’s are also running a raffle for their “Week without Words” Campaign, a St Lucy’s School awareness and fundraising campaign to give students the tools they need to communicate. 95% of St Lucy’s children have a communication disability, therefore they need innovative communication systems and speech therapy so that they can have a voice!

There are many ways to support St Lucy’s Week Without Words, to find out more click here.

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury – Christmas Appeal

Many people within our community are experiencing financial hardship, social isolation, or are trying to cope with varying levels of distress.

You can help to make Christmas special for someone in need within our community. Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury is organising their annual Christmas appeal to help where it’s needed.

There are two ways to offer your support this year; The Christmas Hamper Collection will be accepting tinned goods (fruit, salmon, vegetables), festive biscuits, boxes of chocolates, soft drink, nuts and Bon Bon’s are all great suggestions for hamper donations.

These donations can be made directly at our Lifeline centre – 4 Park Avenue, Gordon.

Alternatively, financial support is always welcomed and appreciated. Financial donations can be put towards the hamper project or towards gifts for those in need.

Please note – Lifeline also accept gifts for all ages.

  • Perfume
  • After-shave
  • Jewellery
  • Gift-vouchers
  • and new (not recycled) CDs and DVDs

Please visit Lifeline for more information:

Help put a smile on those faces in need this Christmas.

The Eye Piece – More than just an optometrist!

The Eye Piece is a family owned and operated boutique Optometrist located in leafy Wahroonga village operated by Paul Lee and Taeyon Kim. In November of 2017 the practice underwent renovations to become the welcoming, luxury boutique it is today. With a passion for eye health and customer satisfaction the team at The Eye Piece go above and beyond the standard expected service and pride themselves on a thorough consultation process, taking into consideration lifestyle and cosmetic needs to ensure the perfect result.


Bulk Billed Eye Screening & Eye Health Checks

The bulk billed eye screening and eye health checks are an important part of day to day business at The Eye Piece – and appointments can be made online, via phone or by popping into the store. However, the display and range of unique frames from global brands (some of which are not available anywhere else on the North Shore) are what really sets this boutique apart from others.


High Quality Frames

Hand selecting every frame from a range of suppliers globally, The Eye Piece has a collection of high quality and fashionable frames catering to all ages and budgets. You will even find precious 18 Karat Gold frames if that’s what you’re after.


On Premise Lens Fitting

All lenses are edged and fitted onsite saving precious turnaround time.  And on collection, customers experience a personalised fitting and adjustment service – and receive a complimentary cleaning pack to take home.


Commitment to Eye Health

Their commitment to eye health stretches beyond the walls of The Eye Piece with management and staff involved in a range of not-for-profit organisations such as Lions Recycle for Sight and World Sight Day. The Eye Piece have been donating $2 from every pair of glasses sold during October directly to Optometry Giving Sight which is a global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error.

Donations help to:

  • Train – local eye care professionals
  • Establish – optometry schools and vision centres for sustainability
  • Deliver – eye care and low-cost glasses.


Special Offer

As a special offer to our Community News readers – The Eye Piece are offering a FREE Digital Retinal Scan (valued at $50) and $100 off a complete pair of glasses at The Eye Piece Wahroonga or Sydney CBD boutiques. Simple mention The Community Bank to take advantage of this great offer.

Terms & Conditions: Must mention at time of purchase to receive discount, not to be used in conjunction with any other offer, must purchase frame and lenses in one transaction, limit of one discount per customer. Offer valid until 30/01/2019.

Shop 3, 2 Redleaf Ave
Wahroonga NSW 2076
T: 02 9487 3551

Shop 1, 244 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T: 02 9223 6566



15 facts about the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank Branches

Here’s a list of 15 fun facts about our Community Bank branches, that you may not have known!

  1. We are owned and operated by a small company, Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited, and are a franchise of Bendigo Bank.  Locally owned, employing local people.
  2.  We have given back $2 million to the community in the form of donations, grants, sponsorships and dividends since 2003.
  3. Our Turramurra branch is the only full service bank in the suburb of Turramurra.
  4. Our staff have an accumulated total of 164 years of banking experience between them – or an average of 13.7 years per staff member.
  5. Together with the community we raised $20,750 for the farmers in the last two months.
  6. We produced the Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly with 100% of profits being given to local charitable organisations.
  7. Hero HQ – we matched dollar for dollar $100,000 raised in the community to outfit the newly built headquarters for the SES and RFS in 2013
  8. One of our Turramurra customers bakes us a tin of sweet treats every week.
  9. We provide friendly personalised service – we know our customers by name not by number.
  10. Our staff can volunteer at any chosen charity or organisation one day each month providing hands on support to our community.
  11. We have a defibrillator in each of our branches.
  12. We were a founding sponsor of the Turramurra Lookout Community Garden.
  13. Inside Out project – We partnered in the building of an interactive outdoor learning area at Turramurra High School in 2014
  14. Our board in run by a group of highly skilled directors who volunteer their time.
  15. Our branches recently were the subject of a film created by Studio ARTES 

A Fine Community Focused Business

It’s not often you hear stories of a Police officer stepping away from duty to start a full-time profession as a photographer. For Nicholas Fiennes, it was an award winning decision.


It’s 10 years since Nick followed his passion for photography with the opening of his studio ‘Fine-Photography’ in Pymble. What started as an interest in documenting the various personalities, connections and emotions within families has grown to become so much more.


Fine-Photography with Nick behind the lens, has become a prominent fixture in the Ku-ring-gai community through his work with multiple community charities and organisations.


“After a previous life working in and around local communities, I felt a real sense of need to continue this when I changed career paths.” comments Nick.


Nick is often seen proudly capturing every moment at fundraising events for local organisations such as KYDS and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, along with many local sporting groups. Donating his time to the community is something Nick feels very passionate about and feels privileged to have the skills and resources to make a difference.


“Photography is a magical thing. It has the power to transport us to other times and places, to take us on a visual journey. Most powerfully of all, photography has the power to connect us to other human beings.” Nick explains.


We recently had the great pleasure of working with Nick as part of our Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly Photography Competition. Nick assisted with the tough job of judging the entries to find the winning images for our game board. After wading through the many images submitted by talented young photographers Nick provided constructive advice to our finalists and awarded a winner.


We’re grateful Nicholas Fiennes made the career change!


Special Offer: Book a Family Portrait session at Fine-Photography before the end of December 2018, mention this ad and receive a complimentary shoot and $100 credit towards your print purchase (Total value: $350)


Fine Photography:

1015a Pacific Hwy, Pymble. NSW 2073

P: 9402 9038