Com­mu­nity Bank ready to fill the gap

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The Jer­ilderie agency of the Coleam­bally Com­mu­nity Bank is now the only bank ser­vic­ing the town.

It is lo­cated in the Mur­rumbidgee Coun­cil of­fices in Jer­ilderie St and will op­er­ate as the Bendigo Bank.

The lo­cal ANZ bank will close its doors per­ma­nently from 2pm today.

Coleam­bally Com­mu­nity Bank branch man­ager Chris Noack said his team is set to meet the needs of dis­placed ANZ ac­count hold­ers.

This will in­clude a ded­i­cated bank teller, who will be­gin next month.

‘‘We’ve in­creased ca­pa­bil­ity of the agency and now the team will be able to cater for all your busi­ness needs every week­day out of the coun­cil of­fice,’’ Mr Noack said.

‘‘A sim­i­lar situation hap­pened with bank clo­sures in Coleam­bally some 17 years ago with ma­jor banks pulling out, so our de­ci­sion to step up to ser­vice Jer­ilderie is an ex­ten­sion of that.

‘‘Towns need cer­tain things to re­main a town and banks are one of those things.

‘‘We look for­ward to help­ing the peo­ple of Jer­ilderie and district with all their bank­ing needs — whether it is the kids’ first school bank­ing ac­count right through to farm loans.’’

Mr Noack said a bonus of bank­ing with the Coleam­bally Com­mu­nity Bank branch is the chance to also sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Com­mis­sions on flagged ac­counts go back into com­mu­nity projects un­der the com­mu­nity bank­ing scheme.

‘‘So far, the Coleam­bally Com­mu­nity Bank branches and agen­cies have put $1.4 mil­lion into the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Mr Noack will visit the Jer­ilderie agency once a week or by ap­point­ment.

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Help­ing to pro­vide bank­ing ser­vices to Jer­ilderie are Coleam­bally Com­mu­nity Bank cus­tomer ser­vice su­per­vi­sor Kate Jones, cus­tomer ser­vice of­fi­cer Sarah Hardy, branch man­ager Chris Noack and cus­tomer ser­vice su­per­vi­sor Jes­sica Walsh.

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