At 7.30pm on 17 July 1967, in a canteen at the Small Arms Factory in Lithgow, a number of employees were meeting with the intention of forming a credit union for the benefits of the workers of the Small Arms Factory. From this meeting, some 50 years ago, the Small Arms Factory Employees (SAFE) Credit Union was born.
From these humble beginnings, 50 years on, we now have an operation that:
(a) has $125 million in assets
(b) has 4 branches in Lithgow, Mudgee, Blackheath and Bathurst
(c) employs over 20 people within these 4 communities
(d) looks after the financial needs of almost 10,000 members
(e) gives away approximately $30,000 in community support grants and social dividends annually
In addition to this we also celebrate 20 years as Family First Credit Union after name changes from Small Arms Factory Employees (SAFE) Credit Union (1967 to 1975) and Lithgow Mutual Credit Union (1975 to 1997).
It is right that we celebrate the achievements of Family First Credit Union established over the 50 years of its operations however also take the opportunity to thank all those that have contributed to its successes, namely staff who have worked hard over the years in delivering professional and friendly service over the years, directors who have served on the board setting great strategic direction for the organisation, and lastly but not least, the members who have supported the credit union by their loyalty and by trusting Family First Credit Union to provide them with their financial needs.
Well done to all .... and happy birthday Family First Credit Union !!!