Bendigo Bank honours local community heroes

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Mark Cameron from Coolum Business and Tourism was awarded a ‘Local Hero’ award from the Bendigo Community Bank Sunshine Coast in recognition of his volunteer work with the business chamber. Photo: Contributed  

HAPPY to always give back just like their ‘heroes’ who volunteer their time, the Bendigo Community Bank Sunshine Coast recognised three outstanding local heroes in October with Coolum local Mark Cameron awarded recognised.  

The bank took the heroes out for lunch in recognition of the work that they do in the community and to celebrate their dedication to supporting and improving their local region.  

Mark Cameron wears many hats but one that he is most known for locally is as the President of Coolum Business and Tourism (CB&T) and Mark stated it was a huge surprise to be recognised.  

“The recognition of having made a positive impact in our community was very warmly received.  Like most local volunteers, I volunteer because I am passionate about seeing our community thrive, not expecting any awards, though I must say A big thank you to Bendigo Bank!” 

Mark said that at CB&T the business chamber was actively working towards igniting possibilities for Coolum and the surrounding region north of the Maroochy River. 

“CB&T runs roughly 40 events a year, ranging from seminars on mental health and business networking opportunities to free community events like Salty Saturdays, Good Vibrations and Flicks in the Park.   

“We run business activations like Sunny Coast Cash and Plastic Free Coolum, as well as collaborating with local schools to help nurture the business leaders of the future.” 

When asked what makes Coolum so special Mark stated it’s the love for the region and the community here.  

“Community is about being part of something much bigger than yourself.  Often, we don’t appreciate the importance of community until we need to lean on one another and it’s at those times that community can change lives.   

“The one thing we all have in common here is a deep love of where we live and that makes Coolum amazing, and pretty unique.” 

CB&T has a host of events coming up with Salty Saturdays (Nov 11 & Dec 9), their annual golf day on November 24, Christmas Carols on December 16 and their summer season of ‘Flicks in the Park’ starting from December 23. For more information on their events and joining the business chamber please visit their Facebook page at Coolum Business and Tourism.  

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