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Barraba community gets back over $12,000 as Regional Australia Bank’s Community Partnership Program turns 10

 13 August 2018
Barraba community gets back over $12,000 as Regional Australia Bank’s Community Partnership Program turns 10.
Our Community Partnership Program is now in its tenth year, and we’re delighted to tell you that it continues to grow from strength to strength. In fact, this year’s community donations smashed the million dollar milestone for the first time, with a whopping total of $1,028,402.00. Now that’s something to cheer us all up amidst all the continuing bad news with the drought.
Barraba certainly got into the spirit of things, with Regional Australia Bank awarding $12,367.75 to the local community at the Barraba Community Partnership presentations event held at The Playhouse on Tuesday.
 The donations will be divided amongst a number of worthwhile local organisations and businesses. Some of this year’s recipients include:
Barraba Anglican Church
The church has been with the Community Partnership program since it started ten years ago. They first heard about it through the girls in the local branch.
The donation money is used primarily to help with the running of the parish and to help support the Church Missionary Society.
This year’s donation will be used in the same manner, but also possibly to help revamp the Parish Hall.
Barraba Rugby League Football Club
In the past, the club has used the donation funds to make end of season player payments, equipment, player jerseys and to pay for items like the registration on the minibus used for training.
This year the donation will go towards Presentation night trophies as well as the continuing upkeep of the club.
Aside from celebrating 10 years of our Community Partnership Program, 2018 also represents the 50th anniversary of Regional Australia Bank. And for us, the greatest gift is the knowledge that the bank has been able to contribute more than 2.5 million dollars to deserving community groups over the last few years through the Community Partnership Program.
Joseph Coppola, Regional Australia Bank Branch Operations Manager explains, “we’re hugely proud of our ability to deliver social and environmental returns to our regional communities. We are passionate about giving back to our community and empowering our customers to support local community groups they feel strongly about.”
The community Partnership Program allows new bank customers to open a transaction account and at the same time pledge their support for a group or organization close to their heart. 
Regional Australia Bank then calculates the average annual balance of all supporters’ accounts and donates 1% of the total to the cause on the customers’ behalf – all without costing them a cent. 
With more and more people getting on board, the Community Partnership Program has continued to grow at over 30% per year ­– and provides invaluable donations to various local grass roots clubs and community groups.
“The Community Partnership Program is just one of the ways in which we assist our customers and communities,” said Kevin Dupé, Regional Australia Bank CEO.  “Regional Australia Bank is proud to
continue delivering the Community Support Program in 2018, enabling it to continue enhancing the quality of life and a strong sense of community for the regions it serves.
“Our customer owned structure means that not only do our clientele benefit from fairer fees, competitive interest rates and the local expertise, they also know they’re benefiting Regional Australia by helping it prosper and thrive.”
In addition to the Community Partnership Program, Regional Australia Bank also gives 5% of its net profits back to the community through sponsorships to local clubs and community organisations, as well as contributing to regional infrastructure projects. 
The Community Partnership Program represents community activism at its best and we want to thank all our loyal members. Because without your ongoing support, this invaluable donation scheme would not be able to thrive.
To quote Joseph again. “After all, it’s the opportunity to make a difference, to build better communities and to create better places to live that drives so many of us – so it’s fitting that our customers, who are also members of our communities, lead the way in initiatives like this one.”
Here’s to the next 50 years!
A full list of Community Partnership Program Barraba beneficiaries has been included below.
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Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0438 197 559
Airlie Horton, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0412 037 908
It is requested that Regional Australia Bank is not shortened to an acronym and always referred to in full as Regional Australia Bank. 

Barraba Community Partnership Beneficiaries:
Barraba Anglican Church Parish
Barraba Rugby League Football Club Incorporated
Lions Club of Barraba Inc
Barraba Pastoral Agricultural And Horticultural Association
Stuart Peake Memorial
Barraba Combined Pensioners & Senior Citizens Association
Rotary Club of Barraba Inc
Upper Horton Sports Club Ltd
BBA & Dist Retirement Homes Assoc Inc
Barraba Rugby Union Football Club Incorporated
Barraba Volunteer Rescue Association Inc
Barraba Potters & Craft Guild Inc
Barraba Men's Shed Inc.
Barraba Shire Band