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Sammy Calvert, Kate Coughlan, Sammy Wolski, Erin Early and Katelyn Wolski represented the Nanango & District Netball Association at the grants night ... the Association received $51,000 from Heritage to repair and resurface the Nanango netball courts

August 24, 2012

A crowd of more than 200 guests packed Nanango State High School’s Assembly Hall last night for the presentation of the Heritage Nanango Community Branch’s 2012 Community Grants.

Guests were told that the branch – which is celebrating its 10th year in Nanango – has steadily grown to become the most profitable community branch in Heritage Bank’s network (on a monthly basis).

And to prove it, this year’s annual grants night saw the branch distribute more than $332,000 of its profits back to community groups in the former Nanango Shire area.

Branch Secretary Wendy Zerbst – who acted as emcee for the presentation – said the branch only existed for two reasons: the dedication of staff to the concept of community banking, and the support of the Nanango community itself.

Ms Zerbst said this year’s grants brought the total amount of money the branch had given back to the community over the past decade to $1.9 million.

“However, when we take into account all the things the branch has spent money on – like our building, our office equipment, staff wages and so on – our total investment has been closer to $4.8 million,” she said.

Ms Zerbst also congratulated this year’s winners on the high standard of their applications and encouraged other community groups in the former Nanango Shire to consider submitting grant applications next year.

“We have guidelines for what’s eligible and what’s not,” she said, “and some years we don’t have enough to fund every application we receive.

“But there’s absolutely no favouritism involved. If your community group has a good idea that fits our guidelines, then we’d like to talk to you. And if some groups seem to get funded more often than others, it’s simply because they apply more often.”

Guest speaker Mayor Wayne Kratzmann congratulated Heritage on bringing banking back to Nanango after the big banks had deserted it at the start of the decade.

“I think one of the reasons the Nanango community branch of Heritage does so well is that the big banks seem to have forgotten the values Heritage demonstrate every day,” he said.

“These days our country’s big banks only seem to look at the interests of shareholders. They appear to have forgotten the customers they serve and the communities they do business in, and that’s a shame.

“This community branch shows that there’s another way and I sincerely congratulate everyone involved in it for the good they’ve done for this area and our region.”

This year’s Community Grant Award winners were:

  • Nanango & District Camera Club – $513 to fund their annual Photography Challenge
  • St Patrick’s Parents & Friends – $900 to assist the school’s annual Quiz Night fundraiser
  • Probus Club of Nanango – $1298 to acquire a computer and printer for club activities
  • Nanango Educational Toy Library Association – $1542 to purchase new toys and equipment for the toy library
  • Nanango Indoor Bowls Club – $2675 to replace bowls and jacks
  • Nanango Scouts – $2860 to help repair termite damage to their clubhouse
  • Nanango Gas Guzzlers Rods & Customs – $2967 for the purchase of a banner, gazebo and PA system
  • Nanango Bowls Club – $5230 to replace the clubhouse ceiling
  • Nanango Community Baptist Church – $5300 to replace a ride-on mower used for grounds maintenance
  • Nanango Golf Club – $6787 for a mower
  • Nanango Theatre Company – $11,927 to update the theatre’s sound system and stage lighting
  • Nanango Sporting Association – $17,435 to purchase a ride-on mower for grounds maintenance
  • Nanango Funfest – $18,000 towards the cost of running this year’s Nanango Mardi Gras Festival
  • Nanango Show Society – $24,200 to repaint the pavilion and undertake roof repairs
  • CTC Community Kids Centre – $25,000 to build fences, gates, a sandpit, bike track and other facilities
  • Nanango & District Netball Association – $51,074 to repair and resurface the Nanango netball courts
  • Nanango State High School – $55,000 to acquire a secondhand 25-seater bus for school trips and excursions
  • Heritage House – $100,000 towards the cost of developing duplex accommodation for disabled people in Nanango

Cr Barry Green, Noel and Ron Trace and Mayor Wayne Kratzmann were among the 200-plus guests who attended the 2012 Awards night

Members of Nanango Gas Guzzlers Rods & Customs who received a grant of $2967 to help with promotion of the club

Mayor Wayne Kratzmann, Wendy Zerbst and Branch Manager Bob Shaw presented this year's Heritage Grants to the Nanango community


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