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



We’re travelling through time with Studio ARTES

From the moment the invitation arrived we knew this Ball would be like no other.

The invitation, designed by celebrated artist Nadia Lolas (a member of Studio ARTES), sets the scene for the upcoming ‘Travel through Time’ event, which will showcase the incredible talents of the members of Studio ARTES

Nadia has worked as an artist in residence at Historic Houses Trust, Erth Visual and Physical, Gaffa Gallery and The Paper Mill. In 2016 she undertook a mentorship with esteemed painter, Laura Jones, resulting in a three-panel triptych collaborative painting titled ‘The Secret Garden’. This painting now hangs in ING Direct in Sydney’s CBD. Nadia is one of many incredible artists from Studio ARTES – click through to see some of their wonderful work.


Back to the Ball… (or should I say Future!)

On Friday 28th of September approximately 350 members, staff, family and friends of Studio ARTES will come together to celebrate the 18th Annual Studio ARTES Ball which will be held at Hornsby RSL Showroom.


The event itself was started 18 years ago as a celebration of the Studio ARTES community. Eighteen years on, whilst still a celebration for family, friends and staff – you could almost describe the Annual Ball as a full-scale theatrical production – with original numbers from the music group, dance performances taking you through the decades and drama performances making you laugh so hard your sides hurt. This Annual Ball will feature full costumes, set designs and a production crew – it is not to be missed!


The team from Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches are thrilled to be able to sponsor this very special event for 2018. We’re looking forward to enjoying ourselves at the Ball, and will report back with more details about all the fun that was had in an upcoming community newsletter.

If you’d like to support Studio ARTES and attend the ball – you can book tickets here.


We look forward to seeing you there!


New faces at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches

We’re pleased to welcome three new members to the TLCBB team – Seb, Rachel and Ibrahim.


Sebastian Zhang

Preferred first name: Seb

What is your role at TLCBB

I’m an MRM – or Mobile Relationship Manager.

As a mobile lender my job is to make the process of refinancing or setting up new mortgages as convenient as possible. I do this by meeting with customers wherever they are – at home, in their office, in our bank or even at the coffee shop, at times that are convenient to them.  I am available either by phone or email at any time, and help customers to prepare their documentation, pick up and deliver documents for signature – and generally try to make the whole process of setting up loans as convenient as possible. Why go to the bank, when we can come to you!

What is it like working at Bendigo Bank?

I love it. There is a fantastic work culture, nice people and work life balance.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love to spend time with my family.

Favourite Sport? Snooker

Favourite Food? Fried chicken

First Album ever purchased? 

Backstreet boy’s I want it that way. 1995 (I’m exposing my age!)



Ibrahim Bilen 

Preferred first name: Ibrahim or Ib

What is your role at TLCBB?

I’m a Customer Service Officer and sit in the front office where I meet and help customers with their banking needs such as making cash/cheque deposits, withdrawals, opening new accounts, and dealing with any questions they may have about their existing accounts. At the moment I rotate between the branches so I work one week in Lindfield and one week in Turramurra. This is my first banking job so I am learning every day, and everyone in the team is so helpful.

Favourite Sport: Soccer.  Favourite Food: Thai.  Are you a cat or dog person? Dog




Rachel Collyer

Preferred first name: Rachel or Rach

What is your role at TLCBB:

I’m a Customer Relationship Officer at TLCBB and currently working at the Turramurra branch. I am currently working as a Lending Assistant to Dean. Working at the Turramurra branch is a welcome change, after being based previously in Bendigo Bank’s Sydney Head Office for a few years.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 

I am currently doing singing on the weekends and have started painting again after not picking up a paintbrush for almost 10 years! I also enjoy hanging out with my family, partner and little King Charles Cavalier Holly.

Favourite Sport? Love some beach soccer, frisbee or cricket!

Favourite Food? Mango, yum!

First Album ever purchased? Embarrassingly it may have been a Simple Plan album, luckily it was just a phase.

What was the first concert you ever went to? P!NK

Are you a cat or dog person? Definitely a dog lover, I will 100% go out of my way to pat a dog.





Bendigo Bank – The Third Most Trusted Brand in Australia

Bendigo Bank – The Third Most Trusted Brand in Australia.

Building a trusted brand is important in any industry and market.

Important drivers of trust include reliability, customer focus, knowledgeable staff, ease of contact and previous good experiences with the company.

When the most recent Net Trust Score (NTS) results were published by Roy Morgan – naming Bendigo Bank as the third most trusted brand in Australia, we were rightfully very proud.

We work extremely hard to represent our philosophy and vision of being the ‘community’s bank’, our staff and management take great pride in knowing their customers, understanding their needs and being available to answer questions and offer advice at any time.


Thank you Australia for recognising our hard work to build your trust.


*For this survey, approximately 4,000 Australians, recruited from the Roy Morgan Single Source database, were asked which brands they trust and distrust between October 2017 and April 2018. Roy Morgan then took the trust score of each nominated brand and subtracted the distrust score. The result is a Net Trust Score (NTS).

Now that’s something to sing and dance about!


Marian Street Theatre for Young People (MSTYP) is one of the oldest continually running children’s theatre and drama schools in Australia. For over 50 years it has been a unique part of Sydney’s North Shore Ku-ring-gai community. This month was one worth celebrating for MSTYP with both the opening of their show Pearlie in the Park, and the approval plans to bring back the much loved Marian Street theatre space that was closed back in 2001.

At the June Council meeting the Ku-ring-gai council voted in favour of saving the Marian Street Theatre and agreed to support a multi-million dollar re-build of a new Marian Street Theatre culture centre, which will showcase three performance spaces, and a continued emphasis on performances by and for young people.

The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches have been staunch supporters of the ‘Save Marian Street Theatre’ petition for many years, and are thrilled with the council’s decision to bring back the cultural home of the Marian Street Theatre to the North Shore community.

We were also excited to sponsor one of the major performances for the MSTYP in 2018 –

‘Pearlie in the Park” – which opened on the 7th of July and runs till the 21st July.

Written by Australia’s favourite comedian, radio commentator and children’s author – Wendy Harmer, the delightfully funny, urban fairy-tale tells the story of a fairy named Pearlie who lives in Jubilee Park. The production is slick, the set design bright and engaging and the magical music under the eye of acclaimed composer Phillip Scott has the audience bopping in their seats. The story moves along at a great pace keeping some of the younger audience transfixed, with a gag or two thrown in for the adults to get a good laugh too. The stand out of the show is the performance of the young cast, who grace the stage with a maturity and experience beyond their years.

Pearlie in the Park will be seen by approximately 3,000 children and their parents during it’s season, many of whom this will be their first experience with a live show.

If you don’t get the chance to see Pearlie in the Park – be sure to check out the upcoming performances by the MSTYP, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!


Click through for ticketing information:



Community Grants Program – 2018

On May 15 our 2018 Community Grants Program was finalised with a presentation evening held at our Lindfield branch.  We are proud to have been able to present nine incredible community organisations with grants totalling $35,670.  This year our selection process was particularly challenging with over 35 worthy groups applying for a community grant.

The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank Branches (TLCBB) have, to date, given away more than $385,000 to various community groups and not-for profit organisations as part of our Community Grants initiative.

Reflecting on the impact that this successful program has made since its inception 10 years ago – we took a closer look at two of this year’s recipients and how they plan to utilise the community grant awarded to them.



The Mum for Mum – National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NCJWA) was awarded a $5000 grant to assist in the training of volunteers.

Mum for Mum NCJWA is a confidential, non-denominational home-visiting program where trained volunteers, who are mothers themselves visit mentally vulnerable and isolated mothers once a week during the last trimester of their pregnancy, and for the first year of their baby’s life, in order to provide emotional support.

With changes in people’s living circumstances, many new mothers today are not living in close proximity to their families or the support networks that they grew up with. MUM FOR MUM aims to relieve isolation and reduce anxiety and depression, by creating a safe and caring space for mums to delight in their babies and develop secure attachment.

It costs $1400 a year to support each new mum in the Mum for Mum NCJWA program, with the organisation relying on donations and sponsorship to keep the program running. Programs such the Community Grants Program run by Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches play an important role in the success of Mum for Mum NCJWA, and we were thrilled to award a $5000 grant to assist in the training of new volunteers.


“I think it’s very inspiring that Bendigo Bank is so attuned to the local community and that they give so much back through their community grants which has a real impact on families in the community” commented Lyn Brand of Mum for Mum NCJWA.


Referrals to Mum for Mum come from Tresilian, the Family Referral Service, the Northern Centre, Catholicare, Gidget house, as well as from hospital social work teams and local GP’s – although a referral is not necessary.

If you know an expectant mother who could do with some emotional support throughout her 3rd trimester and into the first year of her child’s life – don’t hesitate to contact the beautiful team at Mum for Mum NCJWA on 9363 0257

Or drop them an email:



Also focusing on the changing demographic needs of our community is the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, who applied for a TLCBB community grant to help fund an important project at the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC.

With many young families moving into high-rise apartments in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai area, there is a growing need for community spaces that support the needs of young families.

Wahroonga Rotary has provided substantial financial support to the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC over many years, which has included various fundraisers, annual dinners and donations for the police officers connected to the PCYC who work with troubled youth. So when the Wahroonga Rotary Board approved a commitment of $40,000 late last year for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC, it was all hands on deck to raise funds again.

The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches were pleased to be able to contribute $4,000 to this fantastic initiative. And, along with other contributors including a federal funding grant, and the support of other local Rotary Clubs such as Turramurra, St Ives, Ku-ring-gai, Carlingford, Lindfield, Berowra, West Pennant Hills & Cherrybrook the new fit-out of the Youth Hub at the PCYC Hornsby Ku-ring-gai was undertaken and the revamped centre opened on Sunday 27th May.


“We thank Bendigo Bank for its contribution, and for its wonderful charitable work in the community.” Commented Sue Own – President of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga


Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC – A Community Hub

The new PCYC has become a real community hub, especially for young mums with bubs and small children living in the surrounding area. With the District Nurse now operating out of the PCYC and the inclusion of a safe, contained soft play area, cubby house and full-service café – the PCYC has become a place for mums to meet, socialise and engage with others in community.

The Youth Hub within the PCYC is a space where older kids can be supervised and hang out safely. They can play table tennis, do homework, watch videos, and interact with each other.

A range of new equipment has also been purchased for the Junior Gymnastics Centre within the PCYC – which includes quite an extensive list of equipment as the centre caters for children from 18 months of age.


“The PCYC is a not for profit and must fundraise to keep the doors open so that we can continue to serve our community. This would be very difficult without the generosity of businesses such as the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches.” Commented Peter Kirkwood – president Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC.


Conducting programs such as the Community Grants Program gives all of us at The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches insight into the astounding amount of work being driven by community groups within our local area.

These groups rely on donations from members of the public and businesses like ours.


Switch your banking – and help us to help the community.


By making a simple switch in your banking to Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches, you enable us to continue our mission of giving back to the local community.

If you do one thing to help the community this week – encourage your family and friends to bank with Bendigo and help your local community to continue the great work.