Farewell and thanks to all

RETIRING: Phil Channon has served Port Lincoln Bendigo Community Bank branch since its inception 13 years ago.
RETIRING: Phil Channon has served Port Lincoln Bendigo Community Bank branch since its inception 13 years ago.

It is with some sadness that I advise your readers and our customers through your paper that I have decided to retire on December 31.

I have led our Community Bank since its inception 13 years ago. When we commenced, I promised our directors a minimum of five years.

I have enjoyed the time with our bank enormously. When we opened we had no customers and had three staff, a great deal of enthusiasm and a commitment to provide the best customer service possible in Port Lincoln.

Today we have nearly 4500 customers, manage funds in excess of $300 million, employ 12 staff and have distributed $3.8 million back into Port Lincoln projects, sport clubs, youth groups and not-for-profit organisations, along with meeting the promise of providing the best customer service.

It is with great pride on behalf of our staff to share that we remain the largest and most profitable Community Bank in South Australia and have cemented ourselves within the top two per cent nationally. I commend David Stoeckel and Prue Hywood to you as our new management, along with our entire dedicated team.

I thank our customers for their support and confidence and for being part of this wonderful Port Lincoln Community Bank. If ever there were an example of doing business locally for the benefit of the local community, this must be it.

Port Lincoln is our home and I look forward to retired life here. As our Mayor says, "it is the Greatest Place on Earth". As we move closer to Christmas, I wish everyone the compliments of the season and a bright and prosperous New Year. Thanks,

PHIL CHANNON

Business Manager, Port Lincoln Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank

Certainty needed

The permanent uptake of Ceduna's cashless welfare card depended on the vote of Senator Rex Patrick in the Senate.

Recognising that its original intent would not be achieved, the federal government modified its stance to permit a two-year extension of the card's use, which was passed.

The card was introduced to ensure that Ceduna residents, particularly women and children, could access the basic needs of life - food, clothing, shelter and education.

Limiting expenditure on gambling, alcohol, smokes and drugs has meant that more money has been available for these critical essentials which each individual, adult or child, has the right to.

Throughout the trial, any changes, inclusions or alterations that have been required have been identified and adopted - resulting in something where all stakeholders have benefited.

The aim of welfare payments is to provide life support for recipients, not to fund a lifestyle where spending is predominated by drug, alcohol, gambling and smoking purchases.

Senator Patrick, surely a strategy which prioritises spending on life's essentials needs certainty, given that our community wanted the card and is benefitting from it?

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

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COMMUNITY CORNER

NORTH SHIELDS PROGRESS MEETING

The next meeting of the North Shields Soldiers Memorial Hall and Progress Association on Thursday, December 17 at 6pm.

Meet at Dorward Reserve, then meeting to continue at North Shields Hall.

LINC N LEARN

Due to present restrictions on social distancing, we are unable at this time to continue with Linc n Learn.

However we are looking forward to the easing of the government restrictions so that we will be able to meet again sometime in the New Year.

God's blessings to you this Christmas, Linc n Learn Team.

NEW YEAR'S DANCE

New Year's Eve dance will be at the Wanilla Hall on Thursday, December 31 starting at 8pm.

Dockings Band will perform, please bring your own thermos and supper.

There will be no dance on Saturday, January 2.

LADIES PROBUS CLUB

Please note there will be no Happy Chat meeting on December 22.

The club's next Happy Chat group meeting will be at the Port Lincoln Hotel on Tuesday, December 29 at 10am.

For further information phone Leonore on 0437 887 441 or Cindy on 0435 733 901.

NORTH SHIELDS DANCE

Dance at the North Shields Hall on Saturday, December 19 at 7.30pm. Modern and old style dance, bring your own thermos and supper.