Bendigo partners forge closer links

Tertiary education and financial leaders in Bendigo are forging closer connections to develop smarter, stronger and more prosperous regional and rural communities.  

MOU with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s Chairman Robert Johanson and La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve access to education and training in the region, trial new initiatives and assist regional communities to recruit, train and retain skilled workers.

‘Our alliance with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is focused on tackling the big issues facing regional Australians, and is another part of our commitment to help make Bendigo a University City,’ Professor Dewar said.

‘Together we are working with the communities we serve, to identify and overcome the barriers to employment, education and community capacity-building. This stronger relationship is about building self-reliance, and developing local solutions to local challenges.’

Mr Johanson said local education and the development of human capital was vital for the financial sustainability of regional and rural Australia.

‘At Bendigo and Adelaide Bank we are constantly investing in the communities we operate in to make them better places to live, work and play,’ he said.

‘This partnership is all about a shared vision for a prosperous future, both economically and socially.’

La Trobe University and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank already work together to offer the $2.1 million La Trobe University – Bendigo and Adelaide Bank scholarship program for educationally disadvantaged rural and regional students.


‘Together we are working with the communities we serve, to identify and overcome the barriers to employment, education and community capacity-building. This stronger relationship is about building self-reliance, and developing local solutions to local challenges.’

The new Memorandum of Understanding will take the relationship to the next level, by exploring the establishment of a new research program, which could provide opportunities for La Trobe University staff and student researchers to work with communities to develop solutions to identified social, environmental and economic problems.

Other priorities will include a potential pilot of a new University-based Community Bank® model that would provide funds for relevant community based projects.

There are also the plans for the continued development of the scholarship program.

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Media enquiries

Tim Mitchell, La Trobe University
T 03 9479 5246, M 0437 457 780

Elise Snashall-Woodhams, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
T 03 5485 6230, M 0409 131 095 

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