INNOVATION and bold thinking will be rewarded thanks to an initiative of the Cobden and Camperdown Community Bank.
A grant of up to $20,000 has been announced for a project which would benefit the wider community.
Cobden and Camperdown Community Bank board chairman James Green said the unique project was launched at the Camperdown and Cobden branches last Wednesday.
He said judges would be looking for one project to be awarded up to $20,000 to see the innovative idea fulfilled.
“We’re looking for anything that basically makes the community better,” Mr Green said.
“There are no caveats or anything like that.
“We’re offering it to everyone to put up their hands to save our community.”
He said the bank, which was celebrating its ninth birthday last Wednesday, was offering the innovative idea project as a present to the wider community to celebrate the milestone.
Mr Green said he was eager to see what ideas the community comes up with.
“We’re looking for great outcomes,” he said.
“We hope it will be very exciting for the wider community.
“We’re looking forward to people knocking their heads together and coming up with some great initiatives for the community.”
It was hoped the cash grant would allow projects to come forward that had never gotten off the ground due to funding issues.
“Projects are stifled due to cash requirements; we’re trying to circumnavigate that,” Mr Green said.
“We’re trying to get our community up and running.”
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, who forms one third of the judging team, congratulated the Community Bank on the initiative.
“The Cobden and Camperdown Community Bank has been extremely innovative in developing this project,” Mr Tehan said.
“This is an exciting opportunity for all the community to come up with a bold, innovative idea that enriches the Cobden and Camperdown district communities.
“I support this initiative and wish the community well in taking this opportunity to develop some fantastic innovative ideas.”
Former politician and local identity John Vogels and community member Brooke Love round off the judging panel.
Applications for the Innovative Idea of the Year project were available from both bank branches as well as various businesses in the community.
“We’re looking forward to receiving as many quality applications that will benefit the wider community as possible,” Mr Green said.
Community members have until September 5 to put pen to paper and submit their applications.
An information session would also be held at the Cobden Sports Club for anyone wishing to check details about the project on July 15 at 7pm.