Over 90 Inverell district organisations receive Community Partnership Program grants

Regional Australia Bank Inverell branch manager Alex Ribeiro and CEO Kevin Dupé.
Regional Australia Bank Inverell branch manager Alex Ribeiro and CEO Kevin Dupé.

Over 90 organisations in the Inverell district will benefit from a share in $71,239.07 of funding from Regional Australia Bank’s Community Partnership Program.

Now ten years old, the bank says the program is growing ‘at a great rate of knots’. This year, it has smashed the million-dollar milestone for the first time, giving out $1,028,402.00 in community donations across Australia.

Inverell came to the party on Tuesday night at the Inverell Club and a large number of local organisations and charities were delighted to receive a donation from Regional Australia Bank.

One of this year’s biggest winners was disability service Brighter Access, which received over $10,000. 

“We are looking to do something for the further enhancement of our Brighter Force Program by continuing to give back to the community,” manager Tanya Fox said. The provider is keen to use the grant to increase their community engagement this year. 

“It’s amazing. Where else do you get something for nothing?” Ms Fox said of the Community Partnership Program.

“We are getting an amazing bonus (from the CPP) on top of the amazing service we are getting from Regional Australia Bank.”

A community based, non-government service provider committed to supporting individuals with disabilities and their families, Brighter Access first signed up to the Community Partnership Program four years ago, when the “absolutely gorgeous” staff at the local branch told them about it.

Since then, they have used the donation money to fund after school and vacation care for disabled children, subsidised mini excursions for kids who could not otherwise afford it, and supplemented their work in assisting the families of disabled children.

Inverell Breast Cancer Support Group, which has been part of the program since its inception in 2008, also received a grant. 

The group, which provides support, comfort and friendship for local women who are dealing with cancer, generally puts their donation funds towards helping those recently diagnosed with cancer cope with their medical bills and transport/accommodation costs.

In addition, some of the money goes towards buying equipment for the hospital, and for the upkeep of the Palliative Care Unit.

Regional Australia Bank Inverell branch manager Alex Ribeiro and Bingara branch manager Bronte Egan.

Regional Australia Bank Inverell branch manager Alex Ribeiro and Bingara branch manager Bronte Egan.

This year, the Breast Cancer Support Group wants to make a donation to Inala House Tamworth, an organisation that provides accommodation and support to those having to travel away from their home town for cancer treatment.

The Inverell Prostate Cancer Support Group will use their grant to increase awareness of the disease, and encourage local men to see their doctor for early detection.

This year’s donation from the Community Partnership Program will go towards increasing awareness and getting guys to see their doctor for early detection.

“We’re hugely proud of our ability to deliver social and environmental returns to our regional communities," Regional Australia Bank member relationship officer Kylie Taylor said.

“We are passionate about giving back to our community and empowering our customers to support local community groups they feel strongly about.”

The Community Partnership Program allows new bank customers to open a transaction account and at the same time pledge their support for a group or organization close to their heart.

Regional Australia Bank then calculates the average annual balance of all supporters’ accounts and donates 1% of the total to the cause on the customers’ behalf – all without costing them a cent.

“The Community Partnership Program is just one of the ways in which we assist our customers and communities,” Regional Australia Bank CEO Kevin Dupé said.

“Regional Australia Bank is proud to continue delivering the Community Support Program in 2018, enabling it to continue enhancing the quality of life and a strong sense of community for the regions it serves.

In addition to the program, Regional Australia Bank also gives five per cent of its net profits back to the community through sponsorships to local clubs and community organisations, as well as contributing to regional infrastructure projects.

“The Community Partnership Program represents community activism at its best and we want to thank all our loyal members. Because without your ongoing support, this invaluable donation scheme would not be able to thrive,” Ms Taylor said.

“After all, it’s the opportunity to make a difference, to build better communities and to create better places to live that drives so many of us – so it’s fitting that our customers, who are also members of our communities, lead the way in initiatives like this one.”

All Community Partnership Program Inverell beneficiaries

  • Inverell Disability Services Inc T/As Brighter Access
  • Inverell Breast Cancer Support Group
  • Inverell Prostate Cancer Support Group
  • Operation: Operating Room Ltd
  • Bundarra Preschool Kindergarten Assoc Incorporated
  • Tingha Tigers Rugby League Football Club Incorporated
  • Rotary Club of Inverell East Inc Club A/C
  • Bundarra CWA
  • Ashford Ageing Care Facility Incorporated
  • Northaven Limited
  • Inverell Refuge Centre Inc t/a Rural Outreach Support Service
  • Delungra Homes for The Aged
  • Grace Munro Aged Care Centre Ltd
  • Inverell Community Men's Shed
  • Inverell Community Radio Inc
  • Inverell District Family Services Ltd
  • Inverell Jockey Club Inc
  • Anaiwan Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Inverell Art Society Incorporated
  • Inverell Basketball Association
  • McLean Care Auxiliary
  • Inverell Junior Cricket Association Inc.
  • Inverell HQ Rural Fire Brigade
  • The Legacy Club of Inverell Incorporated
  • Grace Munro Centre Auxiliary
  • New England Volunteer Air Transport Incorporated
  • Apex Club of Inverell Inc
  • St Augustine’s Anglican Church
  • Tingha Minor League Inc
  • Inverell Swimming Club Inc
  • Frost Busters Social Golf Club
  • The Inverell Club Limited
  • Inverell Eisteddfod Society Incorporated
  • Inverell Equestrian Council
  • Inverell Little Athletics Centre Incorporated
  • Inverell East Bowling Club Ltd
  • Bundarra Sports & Rec Club
  • Bundarra P & C Association
  • Sapphire City Concert Band Inverell Incorporated
  • Bundarra Showground Trust
  • Bundarra and District Campdraft Assoc. Inc.
  • Joeys Adventure Tours Inc
  • Delungra District Development
  • Inverell Junior Touch Association Inc
  • Conservatorium Support Group Inverell
  • Inverell and District Darts Association
  • Inverell Show Society 
  • Inverell Town & Country Club
  • Inverell Golf Club Limited 
  • Girl Guides Association of NSW Inverell District
  • Bundarra Pony Club
  • Sapphire City School's Ministry Incorporated
  • Bundarra Anglican Church
  • Tingha Rural Fire Service
  • Inverell Mower Sports Club Incorporated
  • Long Plain Public Hall & Recreation Reserve Trust
  • Inverell Lions Club Inc
  • Sapphire City Motor Sports Club Incorporated
  • Bundarra P & A & R Society Incorporated
  • Gwymac Incorporated
  • Inverell & District Campdraft Club
  • Ashford Presbyterian Church
  • Inverell Minor League Hawks Inc
  • Lions Club of Ashford Incorporated
  • Inverell Chamber of Commerce
  • Inverell & District Lapidary Club Incorporated
  • National Transport Museum Inc
  • Inverell Bushwalking Club Inc
  • Ashford Roosters Junior Rugby League Incorporated
  • Tingha Citizens Association Incorporated
  • Inverell Hockey Association Incorporated
  • Inverell Polocrosse Club Inc
  • Toastmasters International Inverell 9256/69 Club
  • Inverell Lady Golfers
  • Boys' Club Inverell Inc
  • Rangers Hunting & Shooting Club Inc
  • Inverell Women’s Bowling Club
  • Bundarra Golf Club
  • Inverell Motorcycle Sports Club Inc.
  • Green Valley Tingha
  • Inverell Show Society Jumping and Dressage Group
  • Viking Breed SMC Inverell
  • Sapphire City Archers Incorporated
  • Ashford Senior Citizens Group
  • Ashford and District Tennis Club Incorporated
  • Inverell & Tingha NAIDOC Committee
  • Sapphire City Gymnastics Inc
  • Inverell & District Collectors Club Inc
  • Falcon GT & Ford Performance Club of Northern NSW Inc
  • Tingha Fossicking & Faceting Club Inc
  • North West Film Festival Inc
  • Tingha Recreation Reserve 70706 Trust
  • Ashford Rural Fire Brigade
  • Gilgai Hall Trust Subcommittee
  • Rotary Club of Inverell East Inc Project A/C