Burnie community groups to receive support from the Bank of useful ideas

19 December 2019

Tasmanian customer owned bank, Bank of us announced the first recipients of its funding initiative Bank of useful ideas in Burnie.

Bank of us has supported hundreds of community groups, organisations and individuals over the years.

“We care about the communities we do business in and want to support the causes that our customers and our communities really care about,” said CEO Paul Ranson.

“We developed the Bank of useful ideas to help Tasmanians bring their ideas to life, so they can build vibrant, productive and self-sustaining communities in their own backyard.”

The Burnie community attended a 2-day workshop and came up with 5 key areas of opportunity and were asked to submit ideas that fit within one or more of the opportunities.

The response Bank of us received was encouraging.

“The high level of engagement at the workshop and the quality of the ideas we received is evidence that the Burnie people are very passionate about their community,” said Mr Ranson.

“We received some amazing ideas, which made it difficult to narrow it down to the final four, but I am pleased to be able to announce the inaugural recipients of the Bank of useful ideas are:

• Take off – Place of paper;
• Café Ahimsa;
• Yellow brick road; and
• Burnie reads.”

Bank of us will provide the chosen ideas with real and practical help, including financial support, mentoring, or networking.

Bank of us would like to thank everyone involved - the Bank of useful ideas committee, the Burnie community, the groups who submitted their ideas and the Bank of us team who managed the project.