Currimundi today received an early Christmas gift - the return of face-to-face banking to the town - with the official opening of Bank of Queensland's third new Sunshine Coast branch in a month.
The 106th Bank of Queensland branch - the only bank between Caloundra and Kawana - is the first in Currimundi since the ANZ pulled out over six years ago.
The branch has received enormous community interest during its first week of trade, echoing the tremendous community support enjoyed by the Bank's other new Sunshine Coast branches at Maleny and Mooloolaba.
The three new branches have increased the Bank's network on the Coast to 12 - a welcome relief to communities in the State's growth corridor who have suffered 15 branch closures by the big banks on the Coast, including one at Currimundi and two in nearby Caloundra.
Owner-Manager of Bank of Queensland Currimundi, Dianne Douglas, said she has been inundated with residents from Currimundi and nearby Aroona, Battery Hill, Moffat Beach and Wurtulla ecstatic about their own local bank.
"In the past, it has been a major hassle for local people to do their banking," Ms Douglas said. "The big banks continue to close branches and minimise personal contact with their customers on the Sunshine Coast.
"Residents are telling me they are really looking forward to the convenience of once again having their own local bank, which will enable them to more fully enjoy the area's relaxed, beach lifestyle.
"In particular, local businesses have been ignored by the big banks, a situation which, drawing on my experience in business banking, I am going to fix."
Dianne brings to the community over 20 years' experience in banking, including as manager of branches in Maroochydore, Noosa and Nambour.
The branch has created six new jobs in the Currimundi community. It is the latest of 34 new branches Bank of Queensland plans to be open by 2004.
The new branches opened so far are enjoying overwhelming support from their local communities.