Moving the Focus Off the Pitch

On a standard Saturday morning, they would be sizing each other up on the soccer pitch – but when the call was put out to our network of local football clubs – they united for a greater cause.

Six of our local football clubs have been working together with the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches to collect and donate used football boots, goalie gloves and soccer balls for less fortunate communities overseas. This donation drive was run under the guidance of not-for-profit organisation -Their Beautiful Game.


“It’s been great to see collaboration between ourselves, Bendigo Bank and local football clubs all working to make this happen! The donations will make a simple yet very effective social impact in the communities they go to” commented David Oswell –Director, Their Beautiful Game.

 

 

 

In all, 90 pairs of boots, 30 balls and full uniforms for 2 teams of 15 were the result of the combined efforts from Lindfield FC, St Ives FC, West Pymble FC, Kissing Point FC, Turramurra United FC and North Turramurra FC. The uniforms have already begun their long journey to a needy club in Ghana, whilst the remaining balls and boots will be distributed to a range of football projects in other communities in Ghana, India and Iraq, as well as supporting Indigenous, Refugee and Homeless footballers here in Australia.

 

“Businesses and organisations like The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches supporting our work helps to emphasise the importance of community and ensures that projects like these can happen” continued Dave.

 

For the team at the TLCB, bringing together local organisations with the common goal of helping another community in need, is what it’s all about.

 

 

 

Your Ku-ring-gai, Your Community, Your Community bank.

Hero HQ – 5th Anniversary

Living in beautiful leafy suburbs with access to visually stunning national parks and in such close proximity to open bushland is one of the many reasons we love Ku-ring-gai – but this magnificent beauty also poses a significant risk. Hazardous bush fires in the hotter months and then treacherous storm damage from fallen trees, act as potential life changing threats to our local area. It is for these reasons that our Ku-ring-gai SES and Bush Fire Brigade play such a vital role in our community.

There have been many bushfires throughout the local government area over the years and unfortunately houses have been lost. Ku-ring-gai is listed as one of the most vulnerable areas to bushfire in NSW, with over 122,000 residences in total and 14,000 of which are situated on the bushland interface.

The RFS usually undertake between 6-8 multi-agency Hazard Reductions each year (RFS, Council, NPWS, FRNWS) to reduce the fuel load in Ku-ring-gai, helping to reduce the likelihood and intensity of major wildfires. That work is done in-between deployments to other areas in need, most recently the large-scale effort in Blue Mountains and Lithgow.

Add to this the arduous task of clean up and emergency repairs that the SES perform under gruelling conditions during big storms that affect hundreds of residents and local businesses -the Ku-ring-gai SES and BFB members really are our local hero’s.

 

New SES and Bushfire HQ in Ku-ring-gai

With such important tasks at hand and our local community to protect, the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches were pleased to jump onboard to drive a major fundraising campaign to help build a new HQ for our local hero’s back in 2013.

Prior to 2013 the local SES had been operating from unsatisfactory temporary facilities for several years; most of the time in an old council garbage collection shed in Gordon followed by time at an old council works depot in North Turramurra.

 

The new facility has provided both the Ku-ring-gai SES and BFB with state of the art Head Quarters that are the envy of many other rescue units in the state. The buildings now boast exceptional training facilities including state of the art audio visual technology, large well-equipped operations rooms, multi-level garage to house vehicles and equipment, and a comfortable outdoor area where members can relax after attending incidents, hazard reductions or training. The compound is secure and also provides enough space to cater to the large teams of volunteers and personnel during an emergency operation.

 

The most significant impact of the new HQ for our BFB and SES has been on the overall efficiency of the units and the ability to quickly respond to requests for assistance during storms or bushfires within the Ku-ring-gai community. Having the right facilities to store and service the multitude of equipment required by both divisions has made work so much more efficient.

 

Five Years On

May 25th 2018 – marks five years since the opening of the new purpose built facility in Jubilee St, Hornsby. The monumental fundraising campaign dubbed “Hero HQ” spearheaded by the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches to fit out the interior of the building is still very fresh in the memory of many within the community, particularly those from the rescue units themselves.

 

The passion and support of the Community Bank staff to make the Hero HQ project a success needs to be acknowledged and recognised” commented Greg Rappo of the NSW State Emergency Service – Ku-Ring-Gai Unit, when asked about the upcoming anniversary.

 

Greg continued, “The support provided by the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches was essential in helping to raise around $220,000  for the fit-out of the SES and KBFB facilities. Importantly the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches provided a focus to help increase community awareness about the SES/KBFB and our new HQ – the Hero HQ campaign was an amazing success that put us on the front page of local newspapers and greatly increased the public profile of both our volunteer services”

 

The cost of rebuilding this modern facility to service both organisations was in the order of $2 million dollars.  Much of this funding was made available by the State Government, Ku-ring-gai Council, the SES and the NSW Rural Fire Service.  However, a shortfall in the order of $200,000 needed to provide a suitable internal fit-out of these two new buildings was what sparked the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches into action.  By directly engaging with the local Ku-ring-gai community and then matching funds raised by the community dollar-for-dollar, the local Community Bank branches were able to raise $220,000 and the internal fit-out was green lit to commence.

 

 

Five years on, this significant community effort will be remembered with a small celebration of members and family from the SES, probably cooking up a nice meal in the state of the art catering facilities within the HQ.

 

Remember – The Bush Fire Brigade and the SES rely on volunteers to continue smooth operation and service to our local community – If you want more information on how you can help our local hero’s contact:

SES: https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/volunteer/

Bush Fire Brigadehttps://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer

United Tradies – Trade services making a difference in our community

We were recently put in touch with Chris and Aileen Savill who run a business called United Tradies, and were inspired by their vision of connecting customers with honest and reliable tradies – and giving back to less fortunate people within the community in a useful and practical way.

Former tradie and local Chris Savill and, his wife, Aileen were all too familiar with the everyday frustrations suffered by not only people hiring trades but also from tradies themselves. Finding a reliable, trustworthy tradesman to conduct repairs or renovations can at times seem like an impossible task. This desire to make peoples lives easier, and the opportunity to change lives for the better drove them to create United Tradies.

United Tradies is the first and only tradie site in Australia that aims to unite tradespeople and customers within their community. Connecting local, reliable and qualified tradies with commission free jobs in the area is not what makes United Tradies stand out from the crowd – but their MAD days do, and this is where they are making a real difference to peoples lives.

MAD stands for Making A Difference – Each tradie that subscribes to United Tradies agrees to donate one day a year of their time to help those in genuine need.  Each month United Tradies will conduct a MAD day within the community by providing trades, materials and equipment for free and completing a project/s around the home of a less fortunate member of the community.

By using a tradie from the United Tradie website you will be helping to make a real difference to someone in need from our community.

The process is simple: A customer uses United Tradies to fulfil a job, at the end of the completed job the customer reviews their tradie and then nominates someone within the community who needs practical help. Once a month a MAD day will be held and the job will be completed.

The first MAD day was held on 6th April 2018 for an elderly couple, Rudy and Malvina of South Turramurra. The couple were nominated for a MAD day after learning about some difficult times they had with illness in the past year. With a team of 12 people (including four tradies, the two founders of the business and six volunteers) they worked for 12 hours to breathe new life into Rudy and Malvinas home. Extensive repair work both inside and outside the home along with gardening and painting was conducted throughout the day.

The first MAD day was a huge success and everyone involved was enthusiastic about the difference MAD days can make to a persons life.

It never ceases to amaze us how much great work is being done within our very own community. We are very fortunate in our work at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches to connect with businesses, organisations and community groups all working with a common goal of helping others.

We are thrilled to have met Aileen and Chris and we can’t wait to hear of their success as United Tradies grows and delivers more MAD days in our community.

Next time you need work done around the house think about supporting local and making a difference to someone less fortunate by using United Tradies.

Contact Chris at United Tradies and let him find the perfect tradie for your job!

https://unitedtradies.com.au/contact/  0478 771 234

Ku-ring-gai Edition Of Monopoly – Photo Competition Winners

We recently had the great pleasure of announcing the winners of our Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly Photo Competition. After a month on exhibition at the Gallery at St Ives Shopping Village, and a tough job for our judges, including professional photographer Nicholas Fines of Fine Photography – we were thrilled to be able to announce the winners at a presentation evening on the 4th of April.

 1st prize was awarded to 17-year-old Kieran Payne. Kieran entered a spectacular shot of Bobbin Head Marina taken by drone from 80 meters above the ground.

Judges noted: A great use of an increasingly popular technology to capture this unique view of a well-known Ku-ring-gai landmark. I enjoy the way the texture of the boats on the smooth water is reflected in the pattern of the clouds.

2nd Prize was awarded to 13-year-old Jett Harcourt who submitted a shot taken on the bush tracks at Mimosa Park.

Judges noted: This is a clever way of illustrating the Ku-ring-gai communities love for getting out and about on some of our much-loved walking tracks. Great use of a unique perspective.

3rd Prize was awarded to Zach Pattinson, aged 12. Zach entered a photo of the Sphinx Memorial at North Turramurra.

Judges noted: Of the numerous entries featuring this unusual memorial, this made the best use of perspective and light.

The photo competition was a great way to get the community involved in the Monopoly project. We were overwhelmed by the number of amazing photos submitted and recognise that we have some very talented young photographers in our community.

About the Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly

Who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane, or sitting with friends and family for a competitive game of Monopoly?

This year you will have the chance to purchase a very limited edition version of an old favourite with our very own Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly being produced. Featuring iconic locations from within Ku-ring-gai, customised tokens, and Community Chest and Chance cards. Our local edition will be available for pre-order in July and will be officially launched on 22 September – just in time for Christmas gifts.

The best part about the release of this localised game board – 100% of all profits from the sale of the game will go to community groups and causes directly assisting the Ku-ring-gai community.

 

Our major beneficiaries are:

  • Lifeline Harbour to Hawksbury
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
  • St Lucy’s School
  • KYDS Youth Development Service

 

Thank you to our major sponsors:

  • Woolworths
  • St Ives Shopping Village
  • Burns and Burns Real Estate
  • Northside Dental and Implant Centre
  • Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Turramurra & Lindfield Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank

Staff Grants Presentation 2018

Another inspiring Staff Grants evening was held during March at our Lindfield Community Bank branch.

Community spirit is always alive and present at these events where everyone comes together to share stories of their challenges and successes in supporting our local community. It is overwhelming to hear about the generosity and willingness of people to help others that is found within our local community organisations.

Staff member, Ibrahim Bilen, awarded his staff grant to the St Ives Football Club, and St Ives Football Club member, Damien Erich’s response is a prime example of this spirit of generosity.

“St Ives Football Club tragically lost a senior player during a soccer match three years ago due to cardiac arrest, as a team, a club and community we were all shocked by this. Since this tragic event we have worked hard to raise funds to purchase defibrillators to safeguard our senior teams, our home playing grounds and anyone attending matches on these grounds.

Unfortunately, and extremely fortunate for a player, we had a second incident early last year when one of the machines had to be used to save a second players life. This endorsed and validated the reason why we need to raise funds for these machines and at the same time lobby other clubs to do the same.

 As a club we have been able to provide all of our senior teams with machines and we are now in the process of identifying and helping other clubs obtain defibrillators of their own where they otherwise would not have the resources to do so. The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches grant will go towards buying one more machine which will be installed in the local area for the benefit of another club, so that they can cover other senior matches.”

Hearing stories such as this reinforces why we work so hard to fulfil our bank’s charter of giving back to the community.  Since we launched our first Community Bank branch in Turramurra 14 years ago, we are proud to have given back over $1.7 million to the local community.

Another appreciative recipient at the Staff Grants evening was the Hornsby Rural Fire Brigade. Rob Green from the Hornsby RFS had nothing but praise for the Staff Grants program and his dealings with Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches –

“Our recent purchases for Hornsby RFS, including automatic roller doors for when we are responding a call out have only been possible due to grants and donations, therefore community donations such as that from the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches are very important to us”

 Rob continued- “The Community Bank branches have provided the perfect contrast to the appalling service we received from our previous bank – as Treasurer I can’t think how they could have treated us better!” 

Programs such as our Staff Grants are why the team at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches are passionate about their work. And, of course, we would not be able to continue this amazing work within the community if it wasn’t for the customers who bank with us.

We like to think when you hear stories about how we differ from the ‘other banks’ you might ask yourself, much as Steve Hopwood of ‘Hornsby Connect’, another grant recipient, did: “I’m asking myself why aren’t we banking with the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank.”

So please spread the word about the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank so we can continue to give back to the community while providing the best services possible to our customers.

Ku-ring-gai Edition of Monopoly.

Who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane, or sitting with friends and family for a competitive game of Monopoly?

This year you will have the chance to purchase a very limited edition version of an old favourite with our very own Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly. Featuring iconic locations from within Ku-ring-gai, customised tokens, and community chest and chance cards.

The best part about the release of this localised board game – 100% of all profits from the sale of the Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly will go to community groups and causes directly assisting the Ku-ring-gai community.

Our major beneficiaries are:

  • Lifeline Harbour to Hawksbury
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
  • St Lucy’s School
  • KYDS Youth Development Service

Photography Competition

During February we will be running a photography competition to source the best photographs that capture the essence of beautiful Ku-ring-gai.

The best photo(s) as judged by our panel of experts will feature front and centre on the game board, and all of the runners-up will be exhibited in The Gallery @ St Ives Shopping Village from 19th March until 2nd April.

Prizes:

  • First Place: Best photo will be featured on the Ku-ring-gai Monopoly board, plus the winner will receive $300 cash plus a Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly.
  • Second Place: $100 St Ives Shopping Village gift card plus a Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly.
  • Third Place:  $50 St Ives Shopping Village gift card plus a Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly.

 

Further Competition Details:

The competition is open to all photographers up to 18 years of age.

The competition opens on  1st February and closes on 5th March, 2018.

Each individual can enter up to two images only.

Please visit the Ku-ring-gai edition of Monopoly website, complete the entry details and upload your photograph (s) of no more than 2mb in size.

All finalists will be contacted by email and/or phone and will be required to supply a high-resolution version of the chosen photograph for display purposes.

Finalists will have their images displayed in The Gallery @ St Ives Shopping Village between 19th March and 2nd April, and will receive social media exposure via Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank’s Facebook page and Community Newsletter.

All photos entered must be original, and copyright owned by the entrant.

All entrants grant those involved with the competition the right to utilise the photographs in marketing and other materials related to the Ku-ring-gai Monopoly project.

The winners will be announced on 2nd April 2018.

 

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

 If you know a budding photographer within your community, please reach out and encourage them to enter this wonderful community project that will not only highlight and reward their talents, but importantly provide much-needed funds to vital community groups.

This community project would not be possible without the support of our major sponsors: St Ives Shopping Village, Woolworths, and the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank.

For further information regarding the Ku-ring-gai Monopoly project or information about becoming a sponsor – please contact Sharon Franke: Sharon.franke@bendigoadelaide.com.au

 

2018 Community Grants Program

We are pleased to announce the details of the upcoming 2018 Community Grants Program, which will open on February 26.

Under this program local Charities and Not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for a Community Grant from Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches for upcoming projects, programs or equipment.

The Community Grants Program is now in its 10th year and has provided in excess of $350,000 in grants across a large number of community groups in that time.  This program not only helps individual groups reach their goals but has a lasting effect on the strength of the Ku-ring-gai community as a whole.

 

Karen Hickmott – President of the P&C at Cromehurst School commented on the program: “The Community Grants program enabled us to complete an important project quickly and see results that will be long-lastinfor our community.  The program is exceptionally well run and the information night was a great way to learn more about the process as well as network with other community organisations.  We would like to sincerely thank the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches for undertaking this program, for continuing to support the Cromehurst community so wholeheartedly and would recommend participation to any community organisation requiring financial assistance”

 

Cromehurst School was one of eight deserving Not-for-profit organisations that were awarded grants in 2016 under the program. The $5000 grant Cromehurst received was used to kick-start fundraising for the senior students new playground equipment.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter also received funding under the program in both 2015 and 2016. Funding was used to purchase office equipment and run an in-house employment program for homeless women.

In 2016, a total of $26,206 was granted to the eight deserving community groups, taking the amount to over $350,000 since the program began.

Giving back to the local community is a vital part of the Community Bank’s® philosophy and is a fulfilling part of the job for management and staff.

If you work with a local Not-for-profit organisation or charity or know someone who does, please encourage them to attend our information evening to learn more about this rewarding program.

Community Grants Information Evening:

Tuesday 20th February 2018

Time:  6.30pm for 7pm

Where:  Turramurra Bowling Club, 181 Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra

RSVP:  Turramurra 9488 9496 or Lindfield 9416 6337

turramurra@bendigoadelaide.com.au

At the information evening, we will discuss how to apply for a grant as well as hear from past grant recipients. You will be inspired by some amazing stories of wonderful organisations within our great community. Light refreshments will be served.

 

We hope to see you on the 20th February!

 

Turramurra Fresh Produce and Gourmet Market

Created BY locals FOR locals!

Turramurra Fresh Produce and Gourmet Garden
Located in the beautiful Karuah Park, in the heart of Turramurra Village, you’ll find a hive of activity every Wednesday morning.

Turramurra Fresh Produce and Gourmet market has something for everyone and features fresh fruit & veg, meat, seafood, cheese, gourmet goods and sweet treats to tempt your palate, and weekly activities for the kids like jumping castles and face painting.

With a great vibe and unique range of specialty products and lifestyle stalls, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re visiting a cool inner city location. Yet with level access, plentiful street parking and the shade of the trees in Karuah Park, you get that same inner city market experience – but much closer to home.

Customers rave about the quality of produce and ease of shopping at the markets –

“Turramurra produce market on a Wednesday has become essential for me. The quality of fruit, veg, meat, seafood and gourmet delicacies is amazing! I do my weekly shop there and am always delighted,” commented Belinda Clarke.

If you’re in the area next Wednesday, bring your reusable shopping bag and stop by for delicious coffee while you browse the stalls.

Turramurra Fresh Produce and Gourmet Market

Each Wednesday from 8am-1pm

Karuah Park, corner of Eastern Road

Turramurra

Contact: Jacqui Ph: 0414 456 302. E: Jacqui@thatgreatmarket.com.au

Their Beautiful Game

We all know someone who plays football (soccer). Whether it’s a Saturday morning activity to keep the kids moving and socialising or more competitively in the higher grades – most of us know someone close who plays the game. Now take a moment to think about how quickly young feet grow… this usually means a new pair of boots every year to accommodate those growing feet. A lot of times the boots are in near new condition, having only hit the field once a week for a season. What becomes of the unwanted boots each year?

Their Beautiful Game is a Not-for-profit organisation that supports football programs for those living in hardship. Organising collections of near new boots, goalie gloves, balls and other essential equipment, their work focuses on providing underprivileged and marginalised communities with access to the things they need to be able to enjoy football.

First established in 2009, the idea for Their Beautiful Game was developed by Dave Oswell, a teacher from The Scots College, who travelled to Ghana teaching football at schools and clubs. On his return to Australia, Dave realised that a lot more could be done to assist schools and clubs in impoverished areas and help give them a focus outside of their disadvantaged situations. From here the foundations of Their Beautiful Game started.

Since 2009, thousands of boots, hundreds of balls, dozens of team kits and stacks of training equipment has been collected and donated to Indigenous communities in remote parts of Australia, as well as to homeless and refugee football teams in urban Sydney, along with supporting footballers as far afield as the favelas of Brazil, India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Kenya, Cambodia and Thailand.

This remarkable organisation provides access to sport and creates a platform upon which to alleviate the effects of poverty, helping to ensure that everyone – regardless of sex, ethnicity or ability – enjoys and benefits from their right to play!

The idea and method of donation is simple; we all have soccer boots or sneakers that we no longer require, (probably sitting at the back of your garage or wardrobe somewhere!) By donating these items to Their Beautiful Game you open up the opportunity for people in remote impoverished areas to utilise this equipment and play sport. Their Beautiful Game also collects monetary donations to help support the logistical costs of collection, shipping and transportation – This can be done directly via their website.

Always on the lookout for charities and organisations that need support, the staff at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches have swung into action, calling upon their relationships with local football clubs and their resources within the branch to organise a donation drive for Their Beautiful Game.  Not only will the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches be collecting on behalf of Their Beautiful Game, they will fund the transport and distribution to ensure the equipment finds the right home and helps a community in need.

“Sponsorship from organisations such as Bendigo Bank plays an integral role in helping us achieve our objectives – ensuring that we can get the equipment we collect to the communities who need them and put them to good use in their football programs.” – David Oswell, Founder Their Beautiful Game                                                                           

Donation Drive details: Bring your near new boots, goalie gloves or balls to either Turramurra or Lindfield branch and leave in the collection bin provided. You can also leave your donations at any of the following participating community football clubs: West Pymble Football Club, Kissing Point Football Club, St Ives Football Club, Lindfield Football Club, Turramurra United Football Club.

Donations open until April 30.

 

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