“BE THE change.” That is the key message being advertised by the Bendigo Bank, and on Friday night the Mirboo North and District Community Bank did just that.
At the first of the fundraisers for the redevelopment of the Mirboo North Pool, the Community Bank’s executive officer Anne Marie Dieperink announced a $100,000 pledge towards the pool’s fundraising campaign.
It was an announcement that sent a noticeable frisson of excitement through the room and will reverberate through the community for some time to come.
“When we were approached by the Friends of the Pool about being a significant partner in the redevelopment we were delighted to be able to kick start the campaign with a generous pledge,” Anne Marie said.
“We recognise how important the pool is to the community and the need to do what we can to ensure the upgrade to this facility goes ahead.
“This fundraising campaign is a great opportunity to show the change our customers’ banking can make since it’s their banking with us that enables money to flow back to the community.”
The setting was the Mirboo North Brewery who had donated the space and personnel to host the Leongatha Lyric Theatre Boggs is Back fundraiser for the pool redevelopment.
With more than 100 people in attendance, it was the local community coming together, just as they did more than 100 years ago to turn a creek into a pool and start the journey of creating a place that is so highly regarded.
In so many ways the Mirboo North & District Community Bank’s pledge is a continuation of that community spirit.
The Friends of the Mirboo North Pool have set the goal of raising $500,000 towards the redevelopment by the end of 2018.
As explained by Jodie Pincini from the Friends group, “it is an ambitious target but this announcement from the Community Bank shows it is achievable”.
“It’s the perfect kickstart to the campaign. With the official launch still to come in March next year there is going to be plenty more opportunity for people and organisations to contribute, but this pledge from the Community Bank gives us great momentum and demonstrates how much the pool means to everyone.”
Discussions are underway between the Friends of the Pool and the South Gippsland Shire Council about final designs for the redevelopment. Included in the plans is a new splash pad play area for children, full disability access, new change rooms and kiosk and upgrading of the concourse area around the pools.
With the South Gippsland Shire Council having allocated $3.8m to the redevelopment in their 2018/19 forward estimates, and local organisations such as the Community Bank being so generous in their support, the potential for change is very real.