150 attend Lobethal bank meeting

150 attend Lobethal bank meeting

More than 150 people attended the public meeting held in the Lobethal Centennial Hall on February 26 to discuss the concept of setting up a Bendigo Bank Community Bank® in the northern Hills, based in Lobethal.

The meeting was designed to be an introduction to Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank® concept with guest speakers Alison Burr, Bendigo Bank State Community Manager SA/NT and Ron Logan, the Chair of Bendigo Bank’s Fleurieu Community Enterprise representing the Community Bank® sites of Aldinga, Willunga and McLaren Vale.

"I was really encouraged by the turnout at the public meeting and I believe we should be able to attract sufficient interest in taking the next step," said Rebekha Sharkie, Federal Member for Mayo and one of the meeting hosts.

"That step involves community members interested in setting up a steering committee attending a meeting in April.

"Banks really are anchor facilities in a community and when the ANZ Bank closed its branch in Lobethal in November last year this really had an impact on the district.

I am hoping the Community Bank® concept will be an opportunity to turn a negative into a positive.

However, setting up a Community Bank® is a significant investment and must be a venture that is embraced by the local community and driven by the local community."

A copy of Bendigo Bank's presentation can be accessed here.

A copy of the steering committee expression of interest form can be accessed here.