Tugus Community Bank chairman Allan Blenkins and Tugun Progress Association president John Triplett get ready for the Big Ideas forum next week.
Tugus Community Bank chairman Allan Blenkins and Tugun Progress Association president John Triplett get ready for the Big Ideas forum next week.

Bank on hunt for big idea

TUGUN residents have been called on to think big for their community and submit ideas for a public forum to be held next week.

The Tugun Community Bank and the Tugun Progress Association have teamed up to discover how Bendigo Bank profits should be returned to the community.

Tugun Community Bank chairman Allan Blenkins, who has lived in Tugun since childhood, said the bank had been trading profitably for nearly seven years and it was time to start thinking about community projects to put money towards.

Mr Blenkins said other communities throughout Australia had received new sports and community facilities as well as support for families and the aged thanks to the Community Banking model.

Tugun Progress Association president John Triplett said discussions about how to distribute the profits resulted in asking residents for a Big Idea list.

“We have been asking residents for about three weeks with 5000 newsletter drops and handing out fliers at the bank,” Mr Triplett said.

The public forum will be held at the Tugun Progress Hall on Wednesday, November 4 from 7pm.

Residents who cannot attend the public meeting can pick up a Big Ideas form at the Tugun Community Bank branch at 482 Golden Four Drive, Tugun.



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