West­pac In­gle­wood closes its doors for good

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

IN­GLE­WOOD’S only re­main­ing bank closed its doors on Fri­day, a move busi­ness own­ers and a lo­cal MLA have la­belled “dis­ap­point­ing”.

The West­pac In­gle­wood branch on Beau­fort Street man­age­ment cited the pop­u­lar­ity of on­line bank­ing and a lack of foot traf­fic as rea­sons be­hind the clo­sure.

The clos­est West­pac branch is now Kar­rinyup or Mt Law­ley.

Gift shop owner Stu­art Rap­ley said the clo­sure was dis­ap­point­ing but not sur­pris­ing. “I dis­agree with the com­ment about there be­ing a lack of foot traf­fic though. Each time I go in there I have to join a queue,” he said.

West­pac re­gional gen­eral man­ager Ken Luehman said the clo­sure was not a flip­pant de­ci­sion.

“The de­ci­sion to close the lo­cal West­pac branch is not some­thing we take lightly,” he said.

“Just 2 per cent of cus­tomer trans­ac­tions take place across our branch net­work these days, as more cus­tomers choose to use dig­i­tal bank­ing chan­nels like mo­bile bank­ing, in­ter­net bank­ing and smart ATMs.”

May­lands MLA Lisa Baker said the clo­sure was a “step back­wards” for the sub­urb.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing to lose an im­por­tant ser­vice that caters for lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents,” she said.

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