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Fortnightly catch up on BAYFM with GCC director John Fitzgerald

February 23 – Bendigo Bank

Fitzy’s special guest this week is Melissa Pearce, a regional manager at GCC’s Founding Partner – the Bendigo Bank.

Melissa speaks to the team about the community-minded efforts Bendigo Bank has made throughout the Geelong region over the past decade, and moving forward, in helping to return funds “to where they are really needed”.

“We did a tally in November last year, looking at what we had returned locally to the community, and the conservative figure was $6 million,” Melissa said.

“In 10 years, we have returned $6 million via our community network – and $165 million nationally,” she said.

“We are extremely proud of what we do as an organisation, and extremely proud of our customers who believe in us and allow us to do what we do in the community.”

Bendigo Bank customers can play a part in helping GCC award more grants to deserving community organisations by linking their new or existing accounts to GCC.

When this happens, the Bendigo Bank pays out a commission to GCC – at no cost to the customer.

Click play on the audio file to hear more from Melissa about what the Bendigo Bank are doing in the community.


December 21 – Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Fitzy’s special guest this week is Phil Clohesy, the general manager at Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

Geelong Connected Communities is the naming rights sponsor of the shoreside entertainment for the upcoming “Festival of Sails” along Geelong’s Waterfront.

Mr Clohesy reveals in the below radio interview that there will be “some significant changes” this year, with the Festival set to start on the second last week of January from now on.

“Australia Day will float between that weekend and… the Cadel Evans Road Race on the next weekend,” he said.

“Through Geelong Connected Communities and the City of Greater Geelong, we will be able to run the Australia Day weekend celebrations [in that period] across the foreshore as well.”


December 7, 2016 – Pivot Summit

Fitzy’s special guest is Mike Beck, speaking about the “Pivot Summit” staged in Geelong last weekend.
The event at The Arena showcased the latest advances in digital, technology and entrepreneurship and how Geelong can benefit in the future from exploring these areas.

Geelong Connected Communities was a sponsor of the event, which trended No.1 on Twitter last Friday – with 2,000 tweets and 7 million tweet impressions.

Hear more about this and other grants GCC has given out this month by clicking on the audio file below.


November 23, 2016 – Lazarus Drop-in Centre


November 10, 2016 – GCC Sponsors Charity Golf Day

Our man John Fitzgerald has had his fortnightly catch up on 93.9 Bay FM – and this week’s special guest is Emma Taylor from Adroit Insurance Group.
Geelong Connected Communities is sponsoring Adroit’s 15th annual charity golf day at 13th Beach Golf Links on November 24.
Adriot aims to raise $100,000 – which will be injected back into the Geelong community.
Click on the audio file below to hear from Emma about where that money will go, and more from Fitzy about some of the grants GCC have given out this month.


October 26, 2016 – Gala Day Parade “100-year Anniversary”


September 27, 2016 – Geelong Obedience Dog Club


May 12, 2016 – Harwood Andrews “Geelong-first” Award