Community bank makes presents felt

By Campaspe News

IT WAS the Elmore/Lockington/Rochester Community Bank branches’ birthdays, but it was the community that went home with the presents.

Lockmore Financial Services, trading as Elmore/Lockington/Rochester Community Bank branches, announced a $15,000 birthday present for each of the Elmore and Lockington communities as part of its 15-year celebrations.

On December 3, 2003 the Elmore branch first opened to bring banking back to the local community, and the Lockington branch opened soon after on March 3, 2004. With community support, the Rochester branch opened a little further down the track in 2011.

On Monday evening Lockmore Financial Services chair Brad Drust made the announcement. “It wouldn’t be a birthday without a birthday present so we’re thrilled to announce a $15,000 community partnership with the Elmore Progress Association and the Lockington Development Committee,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll use this funding to bring a priority project from each town’s community plan to life and we’ll see if we can bring some other partners on board to contribute.’’

Senior branch manager Tracie Kyne supported the announcement at the recent celebrations, which saw more than 100 people come together at the Elmore Golf Bowls Country Club.

‘‘We are very excited to have supported some terrific local programs, projects and events over the past 15 years. And to be able to make this offering of two $15,000 donations is very exciting,” she said.

“Our support is made possible by the customers of the Elmore/Lockington/Rochester Community Bank who choose to bank with us yesterday, today and tomorrow.’’

Mr Drust added: ‘‘In the past 15 years, we’ve enjoyed fantastic support from the community — our shareholders and our customers — and in return we’ve provided more than $1.5 million to our local communities.

‘‘We are proud of what we have achieved for the community so far and we’re really excited about where the next 15 years will take us.’’