ANZ MAKES BIG WITH­DRAWAL

Third bank clo­sure an­nounced for Stan­thorpe

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE -

GRAN­ITE Belt busi­ness own­ers are shak­ing their heads over ANZ’s de­ci­sion to close its Stan­thorpe branch.

They said they had re­ceived no no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the clo­sure from ANZ, but learnt of the bank’s de­ci­sion through so­cial me­dia.

ANZ is the third bank in the past five years to close its doors in town, with Sun­corp shut­ting in 2017 and West­pac in 2015.

Busi­ness owner Char­lie Sper­anza has banked with ANZ since 1984.

He said many of his clients paid by cheque, mean­ing he vis­ited the branch weekly.

He said they re­lied heav­ily on their bank man­agers.

“The banks treat you as a num­ber, they don’t know who you are, they don’t care,” he said.

“But your bank man­ager knows who you are, they treat you as an in­di­vid­ual.”

An un­named busi­ness owner said af­ter 12 years they have been forced to change banks.

She said her clients’ funds need to be de­posited on the day they are re­ceived and cleared within a cou­ple of days.

She said ANZ’s al­ter­na­tive Bank@Post fa­cil­ity was un­suit­able as it could take up to 10 days for the funds to show in the ac­counts.

“It’s such a dis­ap­point­ment that the

ANZ has such a dis­re­gard for ru­ral clients,” she said.

An ANZ Spokesper­son said only 18 per cent of their Stan­thorpe cus­tomers use the branch, with 60 per cent of them pre­fer­ring on­line or mo­bile bank­ing.

Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ian Henderson agreed very few peo­ple still used bank branches.

He said the real dis­ap­point­ment was the loss of jobs in the area.

“Is the ANZ clos­ing their branch go­ing to bank­rupt the busi­nesses?

“No. Is it go­ing to im­pact the com­mu­nity? “Ab­so­lutely.”

“They’ve failed to ap­pre­ci­ate the com­mu­nity im­pact and are think­ing from the ANZ cor­po­rate head of­fice.”

Fed­eral mem­ber for Mara­noa David Lit­tleproud has called for ANZ to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion.

“I be­lieve ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties are en­ti­tled to know the trig­ger point that kicked off this blan­ket clo­sure or – at least – be given the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port an un­der­utilised ser­vice,” he said.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

UNIM­PRESSED: ANZ busi­ness cus­tomer Char­lie Sper­anza has been forced to bank else­where.

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