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Bank of Melbourne’s Shepparton branch will be tied up next month helping with one of the major attractions in the annual SheppARTon Festival.

Staff from the branch will be part of Tangle, a spectacular interactive event where children are invited to create a unique, multi-coloured play space on the banks of Victoria Park Lake. Polyglot Theatre is hosting the unique event on 1 and 2 March to mark the start of the Festival.

Bank of Melbourne’s Shepparton-based mobile lending manager Jodie Keir and four of her colleagues will be helping the children weave a giant tower of colour.

“My team and I will be getting involved in all the action, helping the kids create something very special for the local community. This is certainly a big change from our usual work at the branch,” Jodie said.

Polyglot Theatre is Australia's leading creator of experiential, interactive and installation theatre for children and families. Supported by Bank of Melbourne, Polyglot has been holding Tangle MOBILE workshops in Shepparton throughout February with Berry Street foster care playgroups.

“Bank of Melbourne helped bring the Tangle MOBILE workshops to Shepparton with a grant from our Neighbourhood Fund. We’re really pleased to continue our partnership with Polyglot by getting involved in this unique community event,” said Jodie.

Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive Scott Tanner said getting involved with local community events and organisations was just as important as providing financial support.

“Bank of Melbourne people live and work in the local community and they’re creating deep and sustainable relationships with local organisations and grass-roots community groups like Polyglot and the SheppARTon Festival,” Mr Tanner said.

“Our Neighbourhood Fund allocates grants up to $50,000 in four rounds each year. But our support extends beyond the grant – we develop sustainable relationships to help community organisations with their next steps.”

Mr Tanner urged local community groups from around Victoria to check eligibility requirements at and lodge their applications for the next round of funding by 4 April 2014.


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Fleur Leyden, Head of Media and Communications 0413 598 477

Jodie Keir, Bank of Melbourne Mobile Lending Manager 0401 104 872