Archibald Prize Finalist and Local Shining Star – Emily Crockford

Emily Crockford is a shining star (a self-proclaimed Superstar), and an accomplished local artist who is transforming high profile spaces with her trademark bright, bold and intricately detailed style.

No matter what the project, whether it be the WestConnex M5 motorway pedestrian underpass or a 160 m hoarding at Barangaroo commissioned by LendLease, Emily transforms the space into a magical universe of bold colours and detailed patterns.

2020 Archibald Prize

Most recently Emily was a finalist in the 2020 Archibald Prize with her work – ‘Self-portrait with Daddy in the daisies, watching the field of planes’.

When asked about her portrait, painted in honour of her late father John Crockford, who died in 2020, Emily described it as “my dream come true”.

“It’s my dream of my daddy. I watched him flying his beautiful planes in the fields. He made amazing models. This painting is very special to me because he’s my lovely father.

The portrait is ‘a selfie’ with memories of my dad, featuring botanical flowers because I love flowers. I’ve painted pink and white daisies for Daddy because he loves them and I love the colours.”

Emily is a valued artist at ‘Studio A‘, a social enterprise organisation aimed at assisting neurodiverse artists. Through their support, artists can develop professional pathways to achieve both their artistic and economic aspirations – whilst also tackling barriers that living
with an intellectual disability can cause. Studio A physically provides artists with a working studio space, materials and support staff, as well as the emotional and practical support required to ensure that artists are fairly rewarded for the extraordinary work they produce.

Most recently seven artists from Studio A joined forces to paint a 300-square-metre mural at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as the centrepiece of its Archie Plus portrait project.

Milestone Moment

“The Art Gallery of NSW’s commission is a milestone moment that recognises the quality work artists with intellectual disability are producing. And their capacity to create large-scale public art showcases how Australia’s major arts institutions are engaging professionally with diverse and marginalised artists. What an inspiring moment,” said Studio A CEO/Artistic Director Gabrielle Mordy.

“I love working in exhibitions, meeting artists, and making more ideas. I like collaborating because it means I make friends. I want to keep collaborating and creating with new friends”, commented Emily.

When asked in an interview recently with Create NSW, who her inspiration was, Emily replied – “Emma Johnston at Studio A. She makes me so feel strong with my artworks and practice.”

We love hearing about the incredible talent that exists within our local community and the organisations that support and encourage young community members to succeed, despite the obstacles they may face.

Congratulations to the team at Studio A, Emily and the other incredible artists pursuing their dreams.

Keep up the inspiring work!

A Batting Cage for Kissing Point Baseball Club

The Kissing Point Baseball Club, located in South Turramurra, has been granted funds to install a long-awaited batting cage at their home ground, The Field of Dreams.

Whilst Covid-19 saw the senior winter comp cancelled, and the summer season reduced in length – it hasn’t affected the number of eager players signing up with a 79 Seniors and 89 Juniors playing for KPBC this season.

At last – the new batting cage!

For over 8 years the Club has been working with the council to bring to life a plan for a batting cage – and finally, after receiving a $50,000 grant from the State Government, matched by a further $50, 000 grant from Ku-ring-gai Council, a $10,000 donation from the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank and funds from the Club itself –  the $140,000 project was completed.

“Having the batting cage will help us maintain and develop our junior and senior teams.  For the first time in 4 years, we have a Division 1 Junior team, as well as our first Senior A grade team in more than 15 years”, commented Club President – Peter Sorrell.

The batting cage will enable the club to break up training into smaller groups providing more of a focus on individual skills. It will also provide a place for batting practise when the weather isn’t so kind.

“Having the support of the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank is fantastic, and we are fortunate to also get great support from our local South Turramurra shops.  It is a great community to be a part of.” said Peter.

For more information about playing Baseball with Kissing Point Baseball Club contact:

Speak Out and Save Lives Campaign

As Community Partners of HKWS, we are very excited to be supporting the Speak Out Save Lives campaign running between November 25 – December 10 this year.

The need for safe, temporary accommodation for vulnerable women fleeing domestic violence or homelessness has increased due to the COVID pandemic and HKWS is determined to do all they can to support those women affected in our community.

Gender-based violence is an issue that affects millions of Australians with approximately 1 in 4 women and around 1 in 13 men having experienced domestic violence since the age of 15 in Australia. (ABS, 2016). There were 379 reported domestic violence assaults in Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Council areas in the past year (Boscar NSW recorded crime statistics July 2019 – June 2020).

The Speak Out Save Lives campaign aims to:

  • Increase awareness about the issues surrounding domestic violence
  • Educate people on how to support family, friends or colleagues who might be experiencing domestic violence
  • Raise funds to assist in the day to day operating costs of HKWS

Throughout the 16 days of Activism, HKWS will be providing support and information to workplaces and the community. Knowing how to recognise the signs and symptoms of domestic violence, how to start a conversation with someone, and how to respond if you’re concerned about a friend or colleague, is vital to helping victims find the support and care they need.

Please get involved by visiting: We also have information about the campaign in our branches and on our website .

A New Home for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

A New Home for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

Thanks to the success of the ‘Safe Place Appeal’ campaign, we are excited to advise that the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter has recently purchased a permanent home. While the new house is a rough diamond – with a little love and attention it will become a perfect home for women with children who are escaping domestic violence.

We are proud to announce that our support of the HKWS includes our covering the interest costs on a loan of $500,000, for the next three years.

What a wonderful community we live in – Thank you for your support for HKWS.

Wheels for Ryan

Wheels for Ryan fundraising brings heart-warming community spirit to the Upper North Shore.

Ten-year-old Sacred Heart student, Ryan Kim, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) at the age of four when he began having trouble walking. The progressive genetic disease causes extreme muscle weakness and Ryan now needs a wheelchair all the time; however, the family’s car is not big enough to fit both Ryan’s electric wheelchair and his family, so the wheelchair stays at school every afternoon.
Although the government will convert an appropriate car to accommodate an electric wheelchair, the government cannot provide a larger car for the family. Without his electric wheelchair, outside of school, on weekends and school holidays, Ryan is limited to manual wheelchair activities. This is where the community stepped up to help.

Community Support
As passionate supporters of our local community, our two branches are pleased to be assisting Wheels for Ryan, a community-led campaign raising money to help the Kim family buy a minivan to accommodate their four children and Ryan’s electric wheelchair.
We recently presented Wheels for Ryan with a cheque for $1,000, and our Wheels for Ryan donation drive continues with a commitment to donate $500 to the campaign for each new Bendigo Bank home or investment loan drawn down at either of our branches between now and the end of 2020. Just mention this offer and your wish to support Ryan. We also have special Wheels for Ryan Piggy money boxes for local businesses and individuals who would like to fundraise for the Kim family. Please get in touch if you would like a Piggy! Ryan’s face lit up when he met our giant Piggy mascot earlier this month.

The Community Spirit
Ryan’s mother, Soo, is overwhelmed by the show of community spirit for her family and extremely grateful for the support from Bendigo Bank and all the donors. The Kims are a family of six with limited financial resources and huge challenges. Holidays are few and far between and if they occur are at a caravan park a few hours away for a few days. The new minivan will make a big difference to Ryan’s life and greatly help his loving parents care for their son. Not only will Ryan’s ‘wheelie’ be able to come home each day giving him freedom and independence outside school, the large vehicle also means the Kims will be able to go on cherished outings together as a family, which they can’t do in their current car.

Unfortunately, as Ryan’s illness progresses, he is losing strength in his limbs, and his heart and respiratory muscles are becoming weaker. Sadly, the life expectancy of patients with DMD is greatly reduced.
We are touched by Ryan’s story and inspired by the courage of this young boy and his family. The Wheels for Ryan fundraising team have already raised $56,000 against their target of $75,000.

If you would like help, donations can be made online at

Helping Hand for Hornsby Connect

Hornsby Connect provides food and support to those who need it most within our community, and last year alone they distributed over 100,000 kgs of food to more than 5,000 people and provided more than 6,000 hot meals to people in need.

Due to the nature of Covid-19, the way Hornsby Connect operated had to change. Previously they offered a place where people could escape isolation and come to mingle, socialise and browse the available food. The service now provides pre-packed hampers, available for collection.

It only takes a small donation to make a difference.

Hornsby Connect works hard to stretch each donation as far as possible, noting they can feed one client for an entire week for $15.

The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches recently responded to an outreach campaign run by Hornsby Connect and were pleased to donate $3,000 to the cause. This donation will essentially feed 200 people in need, within our community.

However, more help is essential as Hornsby Connect has recently seen an increase in new people needing assistance due to the economic downturn.

Stuart Armstrong, president of Hornsby Connect commented “We are supporting more people, but many of those who could benefit from our service have yet to discover us. There is probably also some reluctance among those who have been financially secure in the past to ask for help. In discussions with other agencies, we are all concerned that the real demand is being hidden by short term Government support. As that support winds down, there will be many more people who will need our assistance. Therefore, we are now planning how to strengthen our organisation”

To increase their reach and supply to more people in need, the Hornsby Connect team has recently opened a second distribution point – Ku-ring-gai Connect – located at the Seniors Centre in Turramurra on Thursdays.

Looking for a new base.

They are currently looking for a permanent base to store produce and provide space to pack the food hampers and on the lookout for space 300m2, preferably with a loading dock. Due to the nature of this organisation, the premises would need to be available at a significant reduction to commercial rental rates.

Do you know someone who might be able to help?

How you can help!

• Donate $15 to feed someone for a week. (or $150 to feed 10 people for a week)

• Donate food and hygiene staples. Look for the Hornsby Connect collection bin outside your local supermarket. The collection bin moves around frequently and usually only stays in one place for a few weeks.

Apply on the website to become a volunteer.

• Do you know someone who could benefit from this service? Connect them with the team from Hornsby or Ku-ring-gai Connect.

Find out more at

SAFE PLACE for Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter to call home.

In mid-June 2020, Sharon Franke – our Community Development Manager had a coffee meeting with Louise McCann, the President and Board Chair of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. As community partners of this fabulous organisation, we wanted to work out a way that we could help them achieve their goal of securing a safe and permanent Shelter for vulnerable women and their children in our community. We were talking about how they’d recently missed out on being able to purchase their ideal property by about $200,000.

At the end of that meeting, we had decided that together we would launch an end of financial year 10-day appeal to raise the final $200,000 needed to purchase their own Safe Place. Within 5 days, the team had come together to launch the campaign – and we were able to kick things off with a $20,000 donation. While we hoped we’d get there, we were aware the goal was ambitious.

Together we did it.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter Safe Place Appeal. As of midnight June 30, we had reached a staggering $185,391 – and with donations still coming in, we may well make that goal of $200,000 a reality.

Every one of the 1,057 donations made a difference. Thank you to every person, community group and business who made a donation – and if you haven’t yet had the opportunity, and would still like to, you can make a donation via their website –, or in either of our two branches.

What’s next for HKWS
Now that they have the funding they need to find the ideal home, we will continue our support by covering the interest payments on a $500,000 loan for the first three years of the loan term.


Community working together to make a difference.

FUND THE FIGHT for our local hero’s – Killara RFS


The current fire emergency sweeping our state and dominating worldwide media started back in August 2019. That’s five exhausting months that our brave volunteer firefighters from the RFS have been protecting our homes and livelihoods across New South Wales.

When the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches launched ‘Fund the Fight’ campaign at the beginning of December, we had no idea of the scale of the fire emergency that lay ahead. Our intention at the time was to raise vital funds to help our new local brigade purchase much-needed equipment.

The Killara RFS was established in 2018, the newest brigade in NSW, with 30 local members and two trucks with standard-issue equipment. This newly formed crew has been on the ground fighting fires and conducting property protection every day on 12-hour rotating shifts for the last three months.

They have traveled over 10,000 km and have fought some of the most ferocious fires in the state from Gospers Mountain, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and right up to the Queensland border.

Crews have experienced extraordinary highs and lows. The elation of saving a family home or business through to the heartbreaking loss of seeing property they have tried to protect become engulfed by flames.

One of the Killara crew, working together with other RFS members successfully resuscitated an individual who had a cardiac arrest while trying to save their home. They’ve also witnessed their fellow crew members being overcome with heat exhaustion.  The exhaustion and emotional toll that our local brigade has experienced have been eased by the incredible generosity of the Ku-ring-gai community.


The support from the community has been a huge morale booster for the men and women of the RFS.  A thumbs-up as the truck drives by, thanks from members of the public, and ongoing fundraising continues to motivate our local RFS team.

The money raised via the ‘Fund the Fight’ campaign is funneled directly into the bank account of the Killara RFS. This has enabled the crew to access vital funds to purchase essential additional equipment such as masks, fire ground radios, and 24hr supplies of emergency food.

There are still months of the fire season yet to come, with fires still burning out of control in New South Wales – the fire emergency is far from over.

But when Summer is over, and the fires are out, the Killara RFS brigade will be planning the build of their new HQ.  The money raised by our local community through Fund the Fight and various other initiatives, over and above what is needed to fully equip the trucks, will be used to fit out the new station. They’ll be needing a workshop, air compressors, lockers and IT equipment for the training room. Every dollar raised from the Fund the Fight campaign will be put to good use, ensuring our local brigade are ready for any future emergencies.

Thank you to our incredible community for your generosity and support of the Killara RFS brigade.  Donations can still be made online at, or in either of our branches until the end of February 2020.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in a wheelchair?  

Take a minute to think about the everyday tasks that pose a real challenge to people in a wheelchair…

 Getting up hills, grabbing a morning coffee and negotiating the weekly groceries – every day throws up new challenges.


Ride a Day in My Wheels is an annual event that helps to raise awareness of the daily challenges faced by people in a wheelchair. Currently, in its 9th year, the event is a fun way to engage the community, celebrate and raise awareness for International Day of People with Disability.


Ride a Day in My Wheels was created by Oliver House, a member of Studio ARTES, who wanted for people to understand the challenges that he faces daily.

The day entails members within the community strapping into a wheelchair and fulfilling a list of physical and mental tasks, under a time limit!

Not only does this event help people to see things from a different perspective, it also raises much-needed funds for Studio ARTES.

The 2019 event was held on Friday 6th December, with our very own Branch Manager – Dean Castell participating.


The challenge was set:

  • Riders had to successfully overcome three hard surface obstacles in the wheelchair.
  • They then had to then walk with a full cup of water around obstacles and not spill any liquid – wearing glasses that distort vision.
  • Then wearing noise-cancelling earphones, they needed to lip-read what was being said.
  • They needed to ride a wheelchair as far as they could around the Hornsby fountain in one minute.
  • Order a coffee from a local café without talking.
  • Finally, they had to paint their score from the above tasks using only a paintbrush attached to a headpiece.

This wasn’t Deans first experience in the Ride a Day in My Wheels event, but the new vision distorting glasses were a real challenge.

Thanks for being such a great sport Dean and for supporting such a worthwhile cause.


You can find out more about Ride a Day in My Wheels and watch Oliver’s promo video here:


Community Pitch 2019 – What A Night!!!

Community Pitch 2019 raises $39,200 for local community groups.

Our inaugural Community Pitch event held on November 12th was a huge success thanks to the many local businesses who came together in support of our wonderful Ku-ring-gai community.

With a full function room at Roseville Golf Course, 25 local businesses intently listened to the compelling pitches from 10 local Community Groups.

Most people in the room were learning for the first time of the tireless work and impressive initiatives being undertaken by these amazing groups in our community.

Thank you to everyone who came, participated, pitched and pledged money.

 Following are the total donations received by our 10 community groups:

  • KYDS Youth Development Service– donations received: $7,950
  • Delvena Women and Children’s Refuge – donations received: $4,800
  • Mentoring Men– donations received: $4,700
  • The Generous and The Grateful– donations received: $4,700
  • Killara Rural Fire Brigade– donations received: $4,650
  • Parkinsong– donations received: $2,850
  • Hornsby Connect – donations received: $2,600
  • Hornsby Gang Show– donations received: $2,550
  • Easy Care Gardening– donations received: $2,300
  • 1stLindfield Scout Group – donations received: $2,100

Community Pitch 2020 will be even bigger and better!