On Wednesday night I attended a community forum held by the Bendigo Bank, Tewantin at Tewantin State School. About 100 people from the community attended and it was well represented by politicians from local and state government.
Bendigo Bank holds these forums to hear what locals feel are important issues and where the bank can help with financial grants. Profits from the community bank are channelled back into the community for their benefit.
Each table with about 10 community members on it along with bank representatives to help listed their priorities for big ticket items and also those that would cost less than $5000. Each table submitted their three top items to the forum and these were collated during the break and community members could have five votes for the Board of Directors to assess. for funding. The five successful nominations are not the only ones looked at and all submissions will be considered by the bank.
The top five priorities for the Tewantin community are:
· Funding for defensive driving courses run by Rotary
· Another palliative care facility for the area
· Upgrade of the radio equipment for Noosa Coastguard
· More crisis accommodation for homeless people
· Funding for disabled horse riders
I put together a submission on behalf of Sunshine Linus members for a grant to help us purchase batting and other equipment and hopefully it will be successful. We should hear sooner than later so keep your fingers crossed. The forum was well facilitated by Bendigo Bank and was a very interesting experience.