About Us

Buninyong & District Financial Services Limited (BDFSL) operates a locally owned franchise of Bendigo Bank (Community Bank Buninyong).  We exist for the purpose of distributing profit back into meaningful community projects, causes and organisations.  We’re all about enabling organisations to make significant impact in the local community we all love. Every day we’re working tirelessly at our local branch to help your organisation and the betterment of our community.  We think that’s pretty special and unique.

 

For us, it's all about helping build a thriving, resilient and inclusive Buninyong and district. This is the yardstick by which we measure our decisions.

It simply works
like this...

Think Local

When you bank with your local Community Bank, profit is directed back into the community.

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Community

These funds benefit local organisations, improve our community facilities, services, infrastructure and well-being.  

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Growth

The process cycles and allows the community (our community), to thrive, prosper and grow.

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Our
Directors

The Company was formally established in accordance with the laws of Australia and has adopted a Constitution establishing rules, regulations and guidelines upon which the Company is required to operate. This includes obligations of the Directors. Significant amongst these obligations is a requirement that Directors ensure there is a broad ownership of the Company by members of the community.

 

The Company's Board is determined to ensure it fulfills its vision of contributing to a thriving, resilient and inclusive community.

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Ian Corcoran
Chair

Board member since 2012,

Chair since 2019

 

Qualifications

Dip Bus (Acc)

GAICD

Experience & Other Directorships

Past-Chair AICD Ballarat Regional Committee, Chair Wildlife Resilience Foundation, Deputy-Chair Ballarat Foundation, Director Governance/Vice President Buninyong Golf Club.

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Ronald Delaland
Director

Board member since 2009

Experience & Other Directorships

Director Delaland Holdings, Owner Buninyong Newsagency, President Buninyong Golf Club.

Andrea Mason
Director

Board member since 2018

 

Qualifications

BAppSc

Cert IV Training & Assessment

Experience & Other Directorships

Director of Finding North - Aspects of Sustainability, Chair of Global Landcare, Board Member of Bunanyung Landscape Alliance.

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Garry Trotter
Director

Board member since 2009

 

Qualifications

BAppSc

BSc Psych (Hons)

Grad Dip Occ Psych

 

Experience & Other Directorships

Partner SED Advisory (Leadership & Culture). Past Divisional Manager UK manufacturing organisation. Former Buninyong School Council President and Member.

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Joanne Innes
Director

Board member since 2018

Qualifications

Adv Dip Bus.Man

Adv Dip HR

AHRI

Experience & Other Directorships

HR Practitioner with over 24 years HR and business management experience.

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Lydia Mzondo
Director

Board member since 2017

 

Qualifications

Msc Infor Systems

PMI Project Manager

Experience & Other Directorships

Ten years experience in IT and Project Management. Past Director of the Ballarat African Association.

Richard McDowell
Director

Board member since 2016

 

Qualifications

Dip Bus (Acc), FCA, CTA, MAICD

Experience & Other Directorships

Semi-retired chartered  accountant with 40+ years in practice. Director/Treasurer Buninyong Golf Club, Ballarat West Rotary and Ballarat Swap Meet. Director of six SMBs. Former Director Victorian Water Industry (20+ years),

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Robert Tommasini
Company Secretary

 

Qualifications

LLB

GAICD

Experience & Other Directorships

Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust. Member. Director/Secretary of Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

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Debbie Rybicki
Director

Board member since 2022

Qualifications

BSc (Physio)
Grad Dip (Journalism)

Experience & Other Directorships

Eleven years experience as a radio journalist with the ABC. Past experience in the private and public health care sectors.  Buninyong School Council Member.

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Omaru Maruatona
Director

Board member since 2022

Qualifications

Software Engineering (Hons)

Phd in Applied Artificial Intelligence and Cyber security

Experience & Other Directorships

CEO at Aiculus, Advisor at CyLon Cybersecurity (UK) and The Business Pickle (Aus).

12 years of cybersecurity, risk and artificial intelligence experience.

Brendan Allan
Director

Board member since 2022

Qualifications

BA (History)

Experience & Other Directorships

Business and project manager with 13 years experience within accounting and business advisory practices.

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Helping to build a thriving, resilient and inclusive community.