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Water stations are located at various points in the
village and chilled, ltered water is free and readily
available through many businesses.
Huw said he oated the concept of going bottled
water free in March.
The initiative was driven by a committee made up of
Bundanoon residents and attracted overwhelming
support from the community as well as huge world-
Huw had been involved in the campaign against a
water extraction proposal by Norlex for Bundanoon
for about two years.
"It seemed a natural progression that if the
community was so strongly against the water
extraction plant then it should also consider making
a stand against the end product, bottled water itself,"
The campaign quickly gained support with
Bundanoon becoming the rst bottled water free
town in Australia on September 26.
Huw said he was amazed by the world-wide media
frenzy the concept attracted, but was glad that
other communities both in Australia and overseas
were looking to the example set by the people of
"Even cities such as London have been in touch
asking for advice," he said.
Huw said he was proud of the people of Bundanoon
for taking such a positive stand against a bottled
water industry that generated about $600 million a
year in Australia and $60 billion world-wide.
Accolades and awards have followed, with Huw
himself being named the 2009 Green Hero by News
Limited and listed by Time Magazine as one of 25
The 2009 Highland Fling will be conducted in
Bundanoon on November 7-8. It will feature a variety
or ride options plus other entertainment
and activities. n
Details: www.wildhorizons.com.au. To learn more
about Bundy on Tap go to www.bundyontap.com.au.
In full swing for Fling continued
> Huw riding the pavement outside his Ye Olde Bicycle Shop & Café in Bundanoon'
With its solid business
credentials and strong
community spirit, when
Westpac made its recent
moves to bring back bank
managers to local branches,
Bowral was high on the
Carla Graham started in
the position of Bank
Manager in May when she
and her partner Paul
relocated to their former
weekender at Kangaloon on
a permanent basis.
"We've spent a lot of time
here in the last four years, so
Paul and I were really excited to make it
home when this job opportunity arose. We
are both enjoying the opportunity become
more active and involved in our new local
community," said Carla.
"My main aim is to ensure banking with
us is simpler," said Carla.
"The role I have is pretty similar to other
businesses in Bowral. I have to be
responsible for my staff, customers and the
"Since I started here as Bank Manager in
May, I've been familiarising myself with the
economic environment in the Southern
Highlands. Every area has different needs
and my responsibility will be to ensure the
financial services we provide are tailored to
suit the needs of businesses and families in
"With a strong local tourism, agriculture
industries as well as, numerous small
businesses as well as educational facilities
and a positive community outlook, Bowral
is an important town for Westpac and I'm
looking forward to providing an excellent
"My first priority has been to really get to
know our current customers so I can provide
personal and well-informed advice.
"I've also a great team of people at the
Branch who will continue to work closely
with the customers and the community. As
well as a great customer service team, I will
have a number of specialists right here in the
Branch including a Local Business Banker,
Home Finance Manager and a
Financial Planner," she said.
"I am happy to visit
customers in their homes or at
their business premises,
hopefully making it simpler for
people to do business with us,"
The Bowral branch employs
17 and has been here since
opportunities for other local
people with Westpac -- be it
here in Bowral or in the city.
Having started myself in
financial services some 26
years ago this is a really great opportunity to
make a difference for the future of our
customers as well as the community by
sharing my experience and financial
expertise to help them manage their money
"As well as doing business, I am also
boosting our support for the local
community. I am looking forward to
opportunities to be involved in the events
and activities such as the local tulip festival's
breakfast in park that are important to the
"For instance, in June we were the major
sponsor of the Southern Highlands
Manufacturers Cluster Jobs and Careers
Expo, providing $3,500 to support this
important careers planning day for school
students and mature age job seekers."
Carla is a member of the Southern
Highlands Business Chamber and the
Bowral Chamber of Commerce and is
looking out for other local opportunities to
offer Westpac's support.
In Australia, the Westpac network
includes 800 branches across metropolitan
and regional Australia and there are plans to
open more - a further 19 branches in 2009.
Westpac is a leading provider of home
lending in Australia and the largest provider
of wealth platforms by funds under
administration. In 2009, Westpac was
named Money Magazine's Bank of the Year,
Business Bank of the Year and Cannex First
Home Owner's Bank of the Year.
Get a home loan that's right for you.
Talk to Carla Graham, your local Bank Manager
Call Carla on 02 4861 1866 to make an appointment
Visit her at 319-323 Bong Bong Street, Bowral
Things you should know: Information current as at 31 August 2009 and is subject to change. For
information on current interest rates please visit www.westpac.com.au. Home loan applications
are subject to the bank's normal lending criteria. Fees and charges and terms and conditions apply
and available on request. © 2009 Westpac Banking Corporation, ABN 33 007 457 141.
Bowral selected as one of
the first for Westpac to
'Bring back the Bank Manager'
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