real stories: pinnacle
Based in regional Victoria, Pinnacle provide services for people with a disability as well as supporting their families and carers, and the community.
Since their modest beginnings over 35 years ago, Pinnacle now employ more than 100 staff and provide their innovative range of services, respite and employment opportunities to over 250 people. These services include five small community-based businesses that employ people with a disability in areas ranging from gardening services and embroidery & logo branding services to commercial laundering.
Pinnacle began their relationship with Bendigo Bank and Community Sector Banking when CEO Brian Burke was on the founding board of the local Ararat Community Enterprise. This community organisation creates an income base that supports local community projects, organisations and clubs through revenue received from its partners, the main one being Bendigo Bank.
“Pinnacle is so happy with our banking relationship with Bendigo Bank and Community Sector Banking. They understand our not-for-profit organisation and appreciate the challenges that we face,” said Mr Burke.
Today, Pinnacle find themselves faced with the challenges of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in January 2017. “The NDIS is one of Australia’s greatest social achievements and the greatest social reform for our industry. It provides us with both opportunities and challenges,” said Mr Burke. “The dilemma is that it is going to take some time until the system is mature and reaches its full potential. In the meantime, we need to work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged or falls through the cracks and overlooked,” said Mr Burke.