Port Lincoln Community Bank presents latest grants

HAPPY: Port Lincoln Community Bank branch business manager Phil Channon with Joan Belling of Anglican Church of St Thomas Port Lincoln, one of the successful grant recipients.
HAPPY: Port Lincoln Community Bank branch business manager Phil Channon with Joan Belling of Anglican Church of St Thomas Port Lincoln, one of the successful grant recipients.

Disability access, clubroom refurbishment and disabled beach access were some of the 19 successful projects to receive funding from the Port Lincoln Community Bank’s Community Grants Program.

The bank presented to this year’s successful recipients at its annual general meeting at Ravendale Sporting Complex on Thursday evening, presenting a total in $394,269.69 in grants.

Grants ranged from $56,478.40 for the Port Lincoln SES Unit to purchase an boat lift to $2600 for Coffin Bay Progress Association for its mural project.

Australian Red Cross received a combined $39,341.40 for two different projects, one for a new community vehicle and one for a wheelchair and beach matting to allow for disabled beach access.

Port Lincoln Bowling Club president Rodney McDonald said the club was thankful for the bank’s grant of $34,210 to refurbish its clubrooms.

“It’s wonderful, secretary Chris Gardner did a wonderful job applying to get the grant,” he said.

“We can’t thank the bank enough.”

Joan Belling from the Anglican Church of St Thomas Port Lincoln also expressed her gratitude, the church received a Challenge Grant of $23,100 to provide disability access to the church’s parish hall and supper room.

Mrs Belling said the church was thankful and would work to provide its portion of the Challenge Grant.

PRESENTED: Port Lincoln SES Unit members Helen de la Perrelle, Ben Stobart, Max Coulson, Kaleigh Francis and Stephen Brewster with Phil Channon of Port Lincoln Community Bank and the grant cheque for the unit's boat lift project.

PRESENTED: Port Lincoln SES Unit members Helen de la Perrelle, Ben Stobart, Max Coulson, Kaleigh Francis and Stephen Brewster with Phil Channon of Port Lincoln Community Bank and the grant cheque for the unit's boat lift project.

“It’s very good, we’re working at the moment to get more,” she said.

The other Challenge Grant recipient was Riding for the Disabled Association Inc Port Lincoln who received $24,750 for its ‘Volunteer Safety and Horse Care Sheds’ project.

This was the fifth round of community grants with this year also serving as the bank’s 10th anniversary.

Port Lincoln Community Bank branch business manager Phil Channon said each year a greater of variety of projects were being brought to the bank’s attention, which made selection difficult.

“The first grant we were able to do was $20,000, and that was for the Home Hospice Service and that provided a qualified nurse for patients going through palliative care,” he said.

“Each year it’s moved on to bigger and bigger amounts and our business has grown.”

Mr Channon also thank outgoing directors Pat Callaghan and Terri Christensen for their service to the bank and welcomed new directors Joyce Hardy and Brad Flaherty.

Grant recipients

  • Port Lincoln SES Unit – Protecting Life and Property - Aquaboat lift ($56,478.40)
  • Port Lincoln Bowling Club – Clubroom refurbishment ($34,210)
  • Toybox Community Childcare Centre – Toybox Communtiy Childcare Centre backyard renovations ($33,000)
  • Australian Red Cross – Around the Eyre Peninsula with Bendigo Bank - new community vehicle ($29,341.40)
  • Wayback Football and Sporting Club Inc – Wheelies for Waybacks -  disabled access ($29,027.90)
  • West Coast Youth and Community Support – Mentally Fit EP ($27,500)
  • Riding for the Disabled Association Inc Port Lincoln – Volunteer Safety and Horse Care Sheds - Challenge Grant ($24,750)
  • Friends of Brinkworth Reserve – Ken Brinkworth Memorial Picnic Shelters ($23,724)
  • Port Lincoln Hockey Association – Safety Fencing around Ravendale Fields ($23,101.32)
  • Anglican Church of St Thomas Port Lincoln – Disability access - Parish Hall and Supper Room - Challenge Grant ($23,100)
  • Port Lincoln Tennis Association – Don't Trip on our Lip - court resurfacing ($18,000)
  • Park Terrace Kindergarten – Play shade project ($16,000)
  • Port Lincoln Art Group – Help Us with Our Hang Ups - art equipment ($11,461.07)
  • Port Lincoln Lions Club – Lions Picnic Park upgrade ($10,628)
  • Australian Red Cross – Access to our beach for all - disabled beach access ($10,000)
  • Lighthouse Family Church – Repair and upgrade outdoor area of church building ($8047.60)
  • Rotary Club of Port Lincoln – Puckridge Park upgrade ($7800)
  • Port Lincoln Tunarama Inc – Dinosaur Relief - new computers ($5500)
  • Coffin Bay Progress Association – Brighten the Wall of the Community Hall -  wall mural ($2600)

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