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Rupanyup farmer appointed to rural bank board

GARDENS GALORE: David Matthews, of Rupanyup, is now a non-executive director of board of Rural Bank.

Rupanyup pulse grower and exporter David Matthews is a new director of the Board of Rural Bank.

Mr Matthews, head of strategy and new business at Wimmera Grain, has already served as a non-executive director of Rural Bank’s parent company Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for the past four years.

It’s not often a man who prides himself on having spent just one year away from his beloved Rupanyup, studying agricultural science at La Trobe University, can also claim a seat at the table of a top 60 ASX-listed company, and Australia’s fifth largest bank.

But Mr Matthews had a unique baptism into the world of high finance.

He became involved in the banking industry in 1998 when he led a push to return banking services to Rupanyup.

Mr Matthews became chairman of the Rupanyup Minyip Finance Group, the locally-owned company that launched Australia’s first two community bank branches.

As the Community Bank network grew across Australia, Mr Matthews helped establish the national body that represents the now 305-strong branch network of community bank branches.

Mr Matthews said he was eager to drive growth in the industry he had lived and loved from birth.

But, as anyone in the Wimmera can attest, farming is a fickle love.


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