Port Lincoln Community Bank to give more than $394,000

ASSISTANCE: Max Coulson of Port Lincoln SES and Phil Channon of Port Lincoln Community Bank with the unit's Noosa Shark Cat 3100 patrol boat, which will be assisted with a new boat lift.
ASSISTANCE: Max Coulson of Port Lincoln SES and Phil Channon of Port Lincoln Community Bank with the unit's Noosa Shark Cat 3100 patrol boat, which will be assisted with a new boat lift.

Port Lincoln Community Bank will present its latest round of funding from its Community Grants Program tonight with 19 organisations set to receive funding for projects.

The bank will present to this year’s grant recipients at its annual general meeting at Ravendale, starting at 7pm.

A total of $394,269.69 will be presented from the bank’s fifth Port Lincoln Community Grants Program round.

Grants include $2600 for Coffin Bay Progress Association’s Mural Art project and $56,478 for Port Lincoln State Emergency Service Unit’s project to buy a boat lift for its Noosa Shark Cat 3100 patrol boat to help it get in and out of the water quicker.

Port Lincoln unit manager Max Coulson said the unit had been working with Aqua Boat Lifts in Victoria to get a boat lift made and thanked the bank for helping to make this possible.

“The need for us to respond efficiently and quickly from Port Lincoln to protect life and property was one of the decisions as to why we applied,” he said.

“We believe the response time will be cut by as much as 15 minutes.

“Without the support from the (Port Lincoln) Bendigo Bank, it wouldn’t have happened.”

Mr Coulson said the unit also had support from Sarin Group to provide power, water and a berth at no cost to the SES with Andrew Woolford of Shield Security providing an alarm system.

Since opening in 2008 the bank branch has returned $2.7 million to the Port Lincoln community and surrounds.

Branch business manager Phil Channon said the bank was impressed with the quality of applications this year and was delighted to support a wide range of projects.

He said he had seen for himself the work the SES did in doing a marine rescue and anything to assist in its operations would be of great benefit to the community.

“Putting this lift service into operation will put them closer and quicker to the rescue going forward,” he said.

Mr Channon said the bank looked forward to congratulating all successful recipients at its AGM.

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