Credit union reaches 40- year mile­stone

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Martin Rasini martin. rasini@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au In­vestor: page 16 townsville­bul­letin. com. au

QUEENS­LAND Coun­try Credit Union reached a fresh mile­stone yes­ter­day when it cel­e­brated 40 years of ser­vice to the state’s re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

The day marked the 40th an­niver­sary of the credit union’s r egist r at i on as a mu­tu­ally owned fi­nancier and was cel­e­brated at its 23 branches across the state, in­clud­ing at its birth­place, Mount Isa.

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c r e d i t union’s head­quar­ters, the oc­ca­sion was marked with a morn­ing tea where Cow­boys play­ers Johnathan Thurston and Scott Bolton min­gled with guests and staff and au­to­graphed posters of the Cow­boys team.

The credit union is the fi­nan­cial part­ner of the Cow­boys and Scott Bolton is its player am­bas­sador.

Guests at the morn­ing tea in­cluded three mem­bers of the credit union’s orig­i­nal loans com­mit­tee, Bill Cum­ner, Tom Wal­ter and Shirley Dyson, and l o ng-s t a ndi ng c r e d i t uni o n mem­bers who shared the oc­ca­sion with chief ex­ec­u­tive Aileen Cull, branch man­ager Greg Gartrell and for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive John Watts.

Ms Cull told at­ten­dees the credit union was born af­ter the Mount Isa com­mu­nity saw a role for a fi­nan­cial ser­vices provider to meet needs not ser­viced by the banks.

‘‘ The credit for where we are to­day must go to those peo­ple, who recog­nised the need and de­cided to do some­thing,’’ she said. ‘‘ Our ser­vice to our mem­bers is bet­ter than that pro­vided to cus­tomers by the banks and the credit for that must go to our staff.’’

Mar­ket­ing and pub­lic r ela­tions man­ager Sarah Standen said to mark the an­niver­sary year, the credit union had pieced to­gether a pic­to­rial ex­hi­bi­tion out­lin­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s his­tory and growth.

Also, a 40th an­niver­sary car­ni­val and fun day would be held at Townsville in Au­gust.

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