Andrew Hillard

May has been a bit busier for our board and staff as a slight easing in restrictions has seen a small increase in activity around our communities. I have really missed be being able to catch up in person with many of the groups and people I meet in my capacity as Chair of our…

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Andrew Hillard

Since our last note to our shareholders and friends of the Lara District Community Bank Branch so much has happened in our world.  Following the move to stage 3 restrictions relating to people moving about our community the board have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the branch on Saturday mornings. It has been…

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Andrew Hillard

As always, our Community Bank has been very busy providing a quality personable banking service that supports our local communities.       Last Thursday we held a Grants Night as part of the Community Investment Program for 2020. Just to provide a change in the way we run these nights it was held at the Lara…

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Andrew Hillard

Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed some time with your family and friends over the past few weeks. It is with sadness, that I write to advise that our inaugural branch manager, Damien Foster, has tendered his resignation and his last day in Lara, will be this Friday, 10 January. Damien has been…

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IMG 6075 scaled - Christmas 2019 - Message from the Chair

On behalf of the Board of the Lara & District Community Enterprise and our staff at the Lara District Community Bank Branch, I wish all our Shareholders and supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.    It has been a pleasure to support our Community over the past year and as we look…

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Andrew Hillard

We have just completed another grants round within excess of $200,000 of requests for support. It is amazing how much work groups in our regions are doing to provide sporting programs for youths, providing emergency services, or in some cases our local schools wanting to provide improved educational outcomes than what current school budgets allows…

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Andrew Hillard

The importance of Community Banking to many groups in our region has been well evidenced in the last month with many submissions for funding of a wide range of projects and activities. We received submissions from 14 different groups with in excess of $200,000 requested for a wide range of local projects. All applicants will…

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Andrew Hillard

This last month has been incredibly busy for our Community Branch, with numerous visits to groups that support our great Community. We held our second Community Investment Program evening for the year with in-excess of 60 people attending the Lara Golf Club.  One measure of the success of these evenings is just how long representatives…

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Andrew Hillard

This month has been packed full of activities for our Board. We have been busy preparing a video which will be launched at our 10th birthday celebration at the Lara Sporting Club on 29 June. We are hoping that as many shareholders and community group representatives as possible will attend to see what a difference we…

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Andrew Hillard

During this month we received eighteen different Grant and Sponsorship applications from groups throughout our district. This has been one of the largest grant rounds we have had to consider, and in fact, came close to $200,000 in requests for support.   Each of these requests is considered on its merit with final outcomes being known…

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