1 May 2018

Plus500 Brumbies welcomes Bendigo Bank

| Rachel Ziv
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Super Rugby, week eight; Brumbies v Reds at GIO Stadium, Canberra. Tom Banks, Chance Peni, Wharenui Hawera and David Pocock celebrate Peni’s try. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley.

Canberra’s beloved Brumbies team, now known as Plus500 Brumbies, have announced a new partnership with Bendigo Bank.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, which is a top 60 ASX listed company operating in over 500 communities Australia-wide, is best known in Canberra via their Community Bank branches which operate under the innovative Community Bank franchise program.

Canberra Community Bank Group (which manages four of our branches in Curtin, Calwell, Wanniassa and Jerrabomberra) is owned by 630 local shareholders who helped fund their establishment, with 80% of profits going back into the Canberra community via sponsorships, and charity donations.

The Brumbies team, which represents the ACT and Southern NSW regions in the Super Rugby comps, has been a special part of Canberra culture for over 20 years. When they first formed in 1996, people predicted that the team would perform badly – calling the players “rejects” that other teams did not want. However, they’ve since been more successful than all of the other Australian teams combined, reaching six finals and being crowned champions twice!

Neale Guthrie, Chairman of the Board of Canberra Community Bank Group, says the Group is committed to continuing their support of the much-loved game in the Territory.

“Our Canberra Community Bank Group have long been supportive of the rugby community in the ACT with assistance to the ACT Veterans Rugby Club, so the opportunity to partner with the Brumbies and support the development of younger players is a natural progression of the relationship we already have with the rugby community in Canberra,” he said.

“Bendigo Bank and the Brumbies share a strong community focus. Over time, we hope we can expand the partnership across the Community Bank network throughout Southern NSW.”

Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson says, “It’s great to welcome Bendigo Bank to the Plus500 Brumbies community for the very first time.”

“Bendigo Bank has been around for over 150 years and is a respected and trusted organisation. They value their customers and, despite being an Australia-wide brand, still retain that local community feel, very much like the Brumbies.

“We are looking forward to forging a strong relationship with Bendigo Bank over the course of the agreement and into the future.”

Kylie Douglass, Bendigo Bank State Manager NSW/ACT, is excited about the partnership with the Brumbies.

“We are very much looking forward to the rest of the 2018 Super Rugby season and helping the Brumbies build on their strength and success – both on and off the field,” she said.

‘It’s a great partnership as both organisations are committed to developing opportunities for young sportspeople and broadening the appeal of the game in Canberra and surrounding regions.”

To learn more about Bendigo Bank and their Community Bank network, please pop into one of their branches in:

Calwell: Calwell Shopping Centre, Webber Crescent. Ph: 6291 3385

Civic: 161 London Circuit, Canberra. Ph: 6290 9700

Curtin: 1/20 Curtin Place, Curtin. Ph: 6260 5140

Jamison: Jamison Plaza, Macquarie. Ph: 6253 0088

Jerrabomberra: 2a/2 Limestone Drive, Jerrabomberra. Ph: 6299 8357

Wanniassa: Wanniassa Shopping Centre, Sangster Place. Ph: 6231 9024

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