We have funded over 150 community groups in the communities we serve, through our grants and sponsorship programs.
Over 150 community clubs and organisations have benefitted from this funding since our bank opened its doors in 1999.
Arts, music and film festivals, community buses, respite homes, new playgrounds, driver training for L-plate drivers, as well as solar panels and water tanks are just some the projects funded by the Maldon & District Community Bank® Branch.
More than $100,000 has gone to local emergency services to purchase new fire engines, forward command vehicles, upgrades to their facilities, defibrillators and training their volunteers. Local sporting clubs benefit from the bank’s presence, receiving funding so they can stage tournaments, kit out players in new uniforms and upgrade ageing facilities. The region’s preschools, primary and secondary schools receive much needed funding for innovative programs and resources.
Here’s just a snapshot of some of the projects and programs funded by the Maldon & District Community Bank® Branch:
MASARG Respite House
One of our largest single sponsorship to date was for the Mount Alexander Support and Respite Group (MASARG). Mount Alexander Shire is the only local government area in Victoria not to have a respite house for ageing parents with disabled children. The Bank was approached by parents to support the building of a respite and multi-function centre. The Bank offers monetary support, marketing and business advice to this small and extremely dedicated group. This is a real partnership between Castlemaine Lions Club, State Government, Mount Alexander Council, hospitals and local agency Windarring.
New instruments for brass band
Maldon Brass Band is sounding better than ever with the acquisition of new instruments.
Two cornets were added to their collection, thanks to $2,237 from the Maldon & District Community Bank®.
Daniel Clarke, Maldon Brass Band’s Director of Music, welcomed the funding for the new instruments.
“We are committed to having every member, including our learners, playing a quality instrument. We used the bank sponsorship to purchase two new Yamaha cornets as part of the band’s instrument replacement program.”
Supporting local footy / netball clubs
Football / netball clubs are at the heart of most country towns, and ours are no exception. Our four local clubs – Dunolly, Maldon, Newstead and Castlemaine – have benefitted from having the Maldon & District Community Bank as a major sponsor for 5 years running.
Branch Manager Adam Balzan said the bank recognises the key role sporting clubs play in the health and social fabric of small rural communities.
“We’re proud of our sponsorship of local clubs in the communities we serve. It’s a great community investment for our bank to make, and lots of banking business comes our way from club members and supporters – so it’s a win-win.”
Banking on safer drivers
Jasmine, Melanie and Tia are amongst the latest graduates of Maldon & District Community Bank®’s learner driver program. Over 350 learner drivers have completed the course, putting a lot of skilled, safer and more confident young drivers on our roads.
The Maldon & District Community Bank® initiated the learner driver program in 2003 after a series of accidents and near-misses involving young drivers. We want to make sure our learner drivers are equipped with skills and are exposed to a variety of driving experiences ensuring their safety and the safety of everyone on the roads. This flagship course for Maldon Community Bank is just one of the ways we support our community, and in particular our youth.
The Maldon Bank has contributed over $300,000 funding for the driver training program.
The Bank funds learner drivers to participate in a tailored intensive driver training program. The participants drive in a group of three, with a qualified instructor in a range of different environments and traffic conditions, including unsealed country roads, highway and city driving, and defensive driving.
The course is highly valued by the participants and their parents and carers. Seventeen year old Jasmine explains the benefits of participating in the five-day course:
“I want more kids to do the course. I wasn’t that interested in the course at first, it was Mum that wanted me to do it. I just wanted to hang out with my friends, but I actually made two new friends by doing the course.The course was the best thing. I thought I was a good driver, with over 90 hours in my log book, but I learnt new skills and refined my driving.”
Round 2 guidelines and application forms will be released in September 2017.
For further information‚ download the application forms Download here ‚ call into the branch at 81 High Street‚ Maldon, contact the Executive Officer on 0478 435 110 or phone the branch on 03 5475 1747, email: email@example.com .