Bendigo Telco wanted to utilise a blank wall in the CX Centre to help tell their story so that people can get an understanding of what makes Bendigo Telco ‘not just another telco company’. The artists landed on a subway-style map that mirrors a street map of Bendigo to illustrate how Bendigo Telco is connecting the local community through helping people achieve their technology successes.
The embedded photo gallery is designed to evolve over time and feature projects supported by the Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprise, Empowering Eaglehawk, the Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise and the Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise. Bendigo Telco has partnered with each of these community enterprises to deliver financial support, connections and advocacy for community groups and projects that enhance the lives of their communities. Read more about the enterprises below.
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Meet the Community Enterprises
Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprise
The Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprise (BNDCE) originated from the foresight of a group of community minded people who identified the need for a vehicle to drive projects forward in the local district. It is a partnership with Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco and is directed and managed by local people to assist the residents of Bendigo’s northern districts by:
Giving the people of our communities the power to make good ideas happen
Directing money to projects and activities and facilities to support young people, families and the elderly
Implementing a small grants program to lend support to community organisations
Actively involving itself in the continued growth and development of the community and to contribute to both the financial and overall well-being of the local district.
The BNDCE district includes the areas from in and around White Hills and Bendigo East and north through Epsom, Ascot, Huntly, Bagshot, Goornong, Raywood and Toolleen.
Empowering Eaglehawk was born in 2006 with founding community members Ross Mitchell, Noel Claridge, Tricia Spence, Brian Davey, Mary Preston, Gordan and Michael McKern, Peter Krenz, Nadia McComb and Phil Kerr. One of founding members Nadia McComb, was a year 9 student who came onto the committee with former Principal at Eaglehawk Secondary College, Noel Claridge. Empowering Eaglehawk has built strong partnerships with Eaglehawk Secondary College to bring youth voice onto the committee.
Empowering Eaglehawk has raised over $1 million for the local community with partners throughout the years including Bendigo Bank, Bendigo Telco, Evergreen Waters and IGA. Without the help from these partners, Empowering Eaglehawk would not have been able to achieve in helping major projects including the redevelopment of the Canterbury Park Prescient, our new local play space and hundreds of other projects around the 3556 community.
In 2023, Empowering Eaglehawk continues to be a driving force in the local 3556 community through the provision of grants, youth engagement and local opportunities.
Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise
The Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise (KFCE) is a not for profit community organisation, formed by residents of Kangaroo Flat and Districts to provide community input and resources into local initiatives, programs and facilities.
Since its inception, KFCE has donated over $250,000 to various local non for profit community groups such as junior and senior sporting groups, primary schools, fire brigades and dance groups, as well as assist non for profit community groups to obtain Defibrillators.
KFCE also advocates on behalf of Kangaroo Flat and surrounding regions, most notably in securing a 50 metre pool now located in Browning Street that the Kangaroo Flat community called for. The Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise has also donated $100,000 towards the project in conjunction with the major fundraising project to help reach our target of approximately $1 million.
The KFCE operates through the relationships developed with its major business partners: Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco.
Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise
Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise (SDCE) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping Strathfieldsaye and the surrounding towns become strong, vibrant and healthy communities.
They do this by providing financial support, connections and advocacy for community groups and projects that enhance the lives of local residents.
This assistance is made possible through the support of partners Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco, who provide SDCE with a sustainable income stream based on business generated by SDCE’s supporters.
Over $1 million has been given back to the community so far, for the construction of major infrastructure projects, walking trails, education programs, renewable energy programs, community events and funding for small community organisations.
‘Connecting Our Community’ is an art installation located in Bendigo Telco’s Customer Experience (CX) Centre in the heart of Bendigo. It was commissioned by Bendigo Telco and created by Dylan Treacy, Jesse Munzel and Nell Bradbury through Youth Take Over.
The artwork also incorporates logos of Bendigo Telco’s shareholders – Bendigo Bank, Bendigo Health, City of Greater Bendigo and Coliban Water.