Weekend Advertiser community noticeboard | April 22, 2017

SUPPORT: Andrew Conkey and Carlie Henman from Sureway Skills Training with Country Hope representative Tom Looney and the gleaming new bicycles.
SUPPORT: Andrew Conkey and Carlie Henman from Sureway Skills Training with Country Hope representative Tom Looney and the gleaming new bicycles.

Bikes for kids

Local company, Sureway Skills Training, recently held a strategic workshop for staff development, requiring participants to break into small teams and work together to build some bicycles for children.

As a result, four beautiful cycles were completed, safety checked for free by Kidsons Cycles and presented to local childrens’ charity Country Hope.

“Our families and our children will be over the moon with these fantastic gifts from Sureway and we thank them sincerely”, Mr Looney said.

“Our organisation is able to do it’s wonderful work for local families as a result of efforts like this from another great local company.”

Lockhart windfall

Schools, a physical activity group and the progress association were some of the big winners at the Lockhart and District Community Bank branch grants presentation night.

Six community groups shared in $30,000 worth of Community Bank profits. More than 90 people attended the presentation, held in conjunction with Lockhart Shire Council, which organised well-known inspirational guest speaker Tom O’Toole from Beechworth Bakery to address the gathering.

Chairman Shane Trotter said the bank had given the community $830,000 since 2002.

“As well as this we have rewarded our shareholders with dividends now amounting to $450,000,” Mr Trotter said. “I’m convinced that if the Community Bank was not established 15 years ago that Lockhart district would now be without any bank.”

Branch manager, Clare Hamson, thanked the community for its support and said that with further support the benefits for the district were endless.

“It is always rewarding to share the profits of the branch with the local community that had supported the business,” she said. “It gives us a great deal of pleasure to award these grants”

The following grants were awarded:

  • Lockhart Preschool $10,000
  • Lockhart Aqua Fitness $3,000
  • Lockhart Progress Association $5,000
  • Explorers Rifle Club $5,000
  • Urana Camp Draft Club $3,000