Altona, Laverton Community Bank® & Point Cook Business Centre branches

A Community Bank® branch is a franchise, with the community owning the rights to operate a Bendigo Bank branch.

The Altona, Laverton Community Bank® branches and Point Cook Business Centre provide our communities with an opportunity to enhance control over the community's capital, ensuring more money stays in our local area for investment.

The branches also provide the communities with the certainty of banking services and enables locals to bank the way they want, whether that be face to face, electronically or over the phone.

Community Bank® branches are franchised businesses of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited. All the banking products offered by Community Bank® branches are issued by Bendigo Bank.

Hobsons Bay Community Financial Services

Company Overview

Since opening our first branch in 2000 in Laverton our Community Bank® branches now have over $413 million in balances with over 18,000 accounts. The Aviation Road Shopping centre is bustling, picturesque Pier Street Altona is thriving and Point Cook continues to grow and develop.

Had our company not formed and established Community Bank® branches in these areas it would be a far different site in these strips today. They have flourished from shopping strips into busy precincts something our community is and should be extremely proud of.

Hobsons Bay Community Financial Services Ltd (HBCFSL)
Over the past 18 years HBCFSL have worked tirelessly towards opening and now operating 3 community bank branches, Laverton, Altona and Point Cook.

In addition to providing banking and financial products and services our community banks offer great support to the community and has proudly contributed $4.1 million to our communities in donations and sponsorships.

Staff Numbers
• Employee numbers are 22 Banking Staff
      3 in Management positions and 19 in Customer Service Roles
• Employ the services of 2 Staff on our Corporate Centre 
      1 in Marketing / PR and 1 in Executive Administration
• 7 Board Members

Over $413 million in managed funds and over 18,000 accounts held across the 3 branches.

Financial Claims Scheme

The Financial Claims Scheme (FCS) is an Australian Government scheme that provides protection and quick access to deposits in banks, building societies and credit unions in the unlikely event that one of these financial institutions fails.

Under the FCS, certain deposits are protected up to a limit of $250,000 for each account holder at any bank, building society, credit union or other authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI) that is incorporated in Australia and authorised by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

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The Directors of the Company

Mr H Da Silva Chairperson

Appointed Director 18 February 2000. Original Steering Committee member. Henry is a local businessman and owner of Ray White Real Estate Laverton.

Mr MS Pernar Secretary

Appointed Director 18 February 2000. Original Steering Committee member. Michael has been employed as the Manager/CEO of the Laverton Community Centre since 1995. His community spirit lends to his involvement in many local groups.

Mr G Ryan Treasurer

Grant has been a Managing Director/Finance Director for 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, CPA.

Ms E Driscoll

Appointed Director in November 2014. Emma is a Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. She is currently the HR and Payroll Lead in the Group Shared Services for Crowe Horwath Australasia. She has numerous qualifications, including BBus (ECO), BA (Social Science), GDipEd (Secondary), MEd (Lead & Supervision).

Ms MF Serle

Appointed Director 24th November 2015. Madeleine is a Corporate Lawyer in Financial Services, with 20 years of practice.

Mr J Gundran

Appointed Director on 24th November 2015. Jun has been a Financial Controller for over 9 years and has over 15 years’ experience both in public and private accounting. He is a CPA and has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. 

Anthony (Tony) Hooper

Tony is a CPA with a Diploma in Management, and has worked for over a decade from Audit to Financial Management for small companies and large not for profits. His career has taken a turn in the media sector, working as a Senior Executive. He has also been involved in a range of film projects, mostly made in Melbourne. He is a committed community member, involved in a range of clubs, including the Point Cook Action Group