Westpac banks on 145 years’ trade
MILESTONE: The Bank of New South Wales in 1869 WESTPAC will celebrate 145 years of banking in the Townsville district tonight with the launch of the refurbished Flinders Mall branch.
Townsville business people will attend the celebration being held on the rooftop of the mall building – one of four Westpac branches in Townsville employing a total of 170 people.
Regional general manager North Queensland, Retail a n d B u s i n e s s B a n k i n g , Sarah O’Brien said Westpac, which first served the com- munity under its former name of the Bank of New S o u t h Wa l e s , h a d s e e n Townsville transform from a small regional hub into the heart of Queensland industry and commerce.
She said the economy was supported by a diverse range of industries from farming to tourism, education, defence and mining.
‘‘ We’ve lived through the setback of Cyclone Yasi, always re-investing in our community as the first priority,’’ Ms O’Brien said.
At the refurbished branch, customers will be able to view a pictorial history and memorabilia such as early uniforms and other icons from when the bank first opened in Townsville in 1866.