Calliope family event to plug community bank

COMMUNITY groups will employ all the fun of the fair tomorrow to deliver the message that Calliope needs its own bank.

The Calliope and District Steering Committee for a Community Bank (to be partnered with the Bendigo Bank) is staging a community day in the township to provide information about the benefits the bank would provide.

'This will be one way to keep some of the profits in the community that generates it,' committee spokesman John Williams said yesterday.

The Calliope and District Community Day will be staged at the Calliope Football Ground, Sutherland Street from 10am to 4pm.

'This will be a real community day with community groups playing their part to make it an enjoyable day for all the family,' he said.

Mr Williams said there would be food stalls, a refreshment bar conducted by the Calliope Football Club, face painting, and a free merrygo-round.

There would also be a whip-cracking display, football and soccer exhibition matches, a vintage car display, kids games and raffles.

Terri Shields, who manages the Bendigo Bank branch at the Windmill Centre, said executives of the Bendigo Bank would attend to explain the benefits of a community bank.

Ms Shields said the bank in Calliope, if it proceeded, would have Saturday trading.

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