Students Perform at Bendigo Bank Launch18/05/2023
Congratulations to the CMC musicians who performed recently at the Bendigo Bank launch of its ‘Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan’. This marks the bank’s journey to further reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. We are delighted that CMC students were invited to be part of the launch.
The launch was held at the Bank’s Bendigo headquarters with special guests DJAARA General Manager Cassandra Lewis, a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony performed by Djaara Traditional Owner Peta Hudson, an appearance from Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung artist Troy Firebrace and the performances by our students and from St Kilian’s Primary School.
Bendigo Bank’s CEO and Managing Director Marnie Baker said that while the Bank had significant experience in partnering with communities across Australia it recognised it had much to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“In our experience, making a meaningful difference starts with taking the time to really listen to people in order to understand their needs and circumstances. Our Community Bank model, which is built on the principle of empowering communities, is testament to that,” Ms Baker said.
“Our Reflect RAP commitments include building and strengthening our connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, working closely together to understand where we can have the greatest impact, and the role we can play in creating a more equitable and inclusive future.
“Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is committed to reconciliation and supports the Voice to Parliament. We believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be enabled to have input into policies and decisions that impact them,” Ms Baker said.
Recognising that their employees play an important role, the Bank is also establishing a First Nations Employee Network to guide conversations at every level of the organisation.
For more information or to read the Bank’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan visit their website.