FINALIST – Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2016

October 18, 2016 in Latest News

FINALIST – Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2016

Maleny Chamber of Commerce nominated us for an Sunshine Coast Business award and we have gone through the process and are now a Finalist!

The Award Categories are:

  • Finalist Business Award for “Social Enterprise”
  • Finalist Excellency Award for “Excellence in Collaboration”
  • Finalist Excellency Award for “Excellence in Sustainability Solutions”

Our Financial Literacy Workbook is a social enterprise project, giving high school students an education in financial literacy. In collaboration with Maleny State High School this workbook was formed. This workbook came about from difficulties we faced when some young people came through the credit union doors to apply to refinance a multitude of personal debts. It was plain to see that some had no basic financial understanding and were getting themselves into “hot water” and were certainly not heading towards a secure financial future.

The workbook is a free teachers resource we have available to all high schools that wish to give their students an understanding of all things financial. From earning, saving, budgeting, spending through to taxation, super, insurance, identity theft and scams, loyalty programs, credit cards and much more.

This time last year the workbook was being used at Maleny State High School but has now expanded to include Beerwah State High School; Grace Lutheran College and STEMM at Burnside State High School.

The workbook resulted in securing Special Guest Speaker Dale Symons from MoneySmart Canberra at this year’s inaugural Hinterland Finance & Sustainability Expo which was collaboration between Maleny Chamber of Commerce and Maleny Credit Union.

Darren Mills Head of Department Junior Mathematics, Year 12 Coordinator says “I have found the booklet an excellent teaching resource. The contents are life related and extremely relevant to our students, covering topics that are not covered in their regular subjects. It’s so comprehensive it gives the students an insight into nearly all of the pressing financial issues facing Australians today”.

These are the things that make Maleny Credit Union stand out! Become a member and be part of an organisation that truly supports their community.