Mutual good in action

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Mutual Good in Action

As part of CUA’s Mutual Good community strategy, we’ve invested $2.28 million this year in shared value initiatives, philanthropy and partnering with community organisations. This is equivalent to 2.8% of our FY17 Net Profit before Tax and Community.

Mutual Good Community Grants:

We awarded $70,000 to grassroots, not-for-profit community organisations in our first round of the new Mutual Good Community Grants program. Seven CUA branches each awarded $10,000 to a project which is having a positive social impact in their local community.

Toowoomba Community Fund:

Ten community groups shared in $10,000 after a public vote decided how the funds would be divided. Blush Cancer Care Inc was voted the community favourite and received $2,325 to support breast cancer patients in Toowoomba.

Our CUA charity partners:

CUA extended our support of Red Nose until 2019. As Mission Partner, CUA is supporting them to raise funds and awareness to help reduce the number of sudden and unexpected deaths of babies and children to zero. We also signed a new three-year agreement to support First Nations Foundation to promote financial literacy and educate Indigenous Australians about managing money.

We embarked on new shared value initiatives, including working with Micah Projects in Brisbane to pilot a silent CUA membership to help victims of domestic and family violence to gain financial independence and providing $50,000 towards employing a financial counsellor. CUA pledged $100,000 to support the rollout of Queensland Women’s Legal Service’s new financial literacy app, Penda for victims of domestic and family violence.


CUA tripled our commitment to volunteering, encouraging team members to take up to three days’ leave for volunteering. Our team clocked up 539 days of volunteering for the year – seven times as many days as the previous 12 months. CUA also supported Brisbanebased peer-to-peer platform Help Me With It, which is connecting disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals with volunteers able to help with one-off tasks.

Radio broadcasts breaking down barriers

Reading the news and printed material is something many of us take for granted.

But for 250,000 Brisbane residents ranging from the visually impaired to the aged and those with low literacy levels, community radio station 4RPH provides a lifeline.

Volunteers read printed information and conduct on-air interviews for this audience. Providing the service seven days a week largely depends on the generosity of the public.

After winning $10,000 through CUA’s Mutual Good Community Grants program, 4RPH is upgrading IT infrastructure. The new system will allow the station to automate overnight broadcasting, so local content can be played for an extra eight hours per day.

“We’ve been using some of our broadcast equipment since 4RPH started 30 years ago. The CUA grant means we can replace this with newer equipment that will make production easier and more enjoyable for our vision-impaired staff and volunteers,” 4RPH President Graham Bailey said.

“Our listeners also benefit from the enhanced quality of our broadcast content.”