Daylesford District Community Bank announced today that it has purchased a property at 113 Main Road, Hepburn Springs. The property will serve as a community meeting space and provide permanent office space for the Bank’s administration team. Branch operations at 97 Vincent Street will not be affected.
Chair Mark Rak said, “We’re delighted to announce the purchase of 113 Main Road, Hepburn Springs. We think this space will work well for not-for-profits and community groups in our area to meet and conference. It also gives us a physical presence in Hepburn.
“Our bank is trading well and for the four months to October 2022, revenue is significantly higher than for the same period last year. The strength of these results and our growing cash balance has given us cause to consider our longer investment strategy. The property purchase is consistent with our aim to build a tangible asset base for our shareholders while at the same time providing an important community service,” he said.
The community investment at 113 Main Road, Hepburn Springs will be funded by a combination of debt and equity.
Today’s announcement follows the recently announced commitment of up to $750,000 over 10 years for the upgrade of the Daylesford Hospital. This commitment is conditional on co-commitment of State government funding.
The Community Bank Daylesford District celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2022. Since it started operating in 2012 the Bank has returned over $1 million to the community by way of community investment and shareholder returns. The Bank’s strong balance sheet and positive financial outlook are expected to enable continuing significant community investments and shareholder returns into the future.
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