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Welcome to a new local business partnership

Summerland Bank Partnership with Friends of the Koala

The role of partners

Our organisation is full of nice people who do good things. We are a professional charity on the frontline of saving koalas day after day. Our people are on the ground 24/7 in all manner of conditions because saving koalas is the right thing to do and doing nothing is simply not an option. We stepped up because we see an urgent need.

Partnerships are vital to our success and come in all shapes and forms. Businesses, trusts & foundations, governments at all levels and individuals who support us for major and minor projects. All play a huge role in our work which aims to care for and save koalas from extinction. Over thirty five years, we have built up a reputation of public trust, loyalty and recognition for our holistic approach to saving koalas. We are delighted when a new funder or partner comes onboard. It means they share our commitment and passion to save koalas and we can go the extra mile.

About Summerland Bank

Summerland Bank has been a vital part in the Northern Rivers NSW community for 60 years and counting. Founded on a belief in the power of the collective, they pride themselves on always being there to support their community, in both, the good and the bad times. Summerland Bank actively pursuit environmental and socially sustainable business practices and aim to go beyond traditional definitions of sustainability to ensure their work and growths is ethical and responsible. The Bank is a certified B Corporation and focusses on “delivering value for all of our stakeholders, which includes the planet we all share. It’s about being able to provide a braver banking alternative and protecting our natural heritage long into the future. Read more about Summerland Banks climate change initiatives here.”

Our Partnership with Summerland Bank

We are looking forward to exploring areas of common interest as the relationship develops.

Summerland Bank has sponsored ten of our koalas so far. The adoptees are: Waratah – Balina Branch, Magnus anywhere Branch, Ember Bangalow Branch, Gulliver Casino Branch, Keogh Evans Head Branch, Dobby Grafton Branch, Ivy Kingscliff Branch, Charlotte Lismore Head Office, Wild Koala Nimbin Branch, Pala – Pines Branch, Temika – Kyogle Branch and Kookie Lismore Branch.

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Charlotte is one of our adoptees on our koala adoption program

Flood Grant

In partnership with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM), G&C Mutual Bank and the Australian Mutuals Foundation, Summerland Bank raised $210,000 to provide small grands to local charities and community groups to help them recover from the impact of floods. Read more about the flood grant here and Listen to our General Manager, Silva Everaers talk about how the Northern Rivers region and many of our food tree plantation and regeneration projects were impacted by the floods.

Gulliver was rescued during the devastating Northern NSW Floods in 2022

Read more about our partnership with Summerland Bank here.

Save koalas from extinction – partner with us!

Is your organisation socially-minded? Would you like to give back to the community and create real and meaningful change? Friends of the Koala would like to partner with eco-minded organisations that believe in the significance of wildlife and the serious challenges that koalas in the Northern Rivers face. If you believe inaction is not an option we would love to hear from you. Valuable partnerships help us with our commitment to conserving koalas and preserving and enhancing their habitat and in doing this, we aim to make a key contribution to Australia’s biodiversity. Please reach out we would love to hear from you.

There are multiple ways in which you can help our life-saving work including:

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