Cobram Community Enterprise was established in 2007, in conjunction with the Bendigo Bank’s Cobram branch, for the benefit of Cobram, Barooga, Strathmerton and Katamatite communities.
Since the partnership started, more than $600000 has been gifted or granted to more than 61 local organisations for a variety of essential community projects.
The community partnership given by the Bendigo Bank was designed to generate business and revenue for Bendigo Bank and Cobram Community Enterprise.
Cobram has been fortunate to be selected by the Bendigo Bank as project partners — as the norm was for community banks to take part — and for a long time was only the second bank-owned enterprise sharing in the programs Victoria-wide.
Enterprise president Peter Edgar said the organisation was not involved in any banking business.
‘‘We can only make a recommendation that people have their bank account flagged to Community Enterprise or, alternatively, we can encourage people to open new accounts and flag those accounts accordingly,’’ he said.
‘‘It is important to note however that if accounts are not flagged Cobram Community Enterprise, no revenue will be achieved for us.
‘‘We encourage each and every community-minded person and organisations, at no cost to them, to support the Bendigo Bank, which in turn will support our communities though the Enterprise.’’