Long-time Taigum resident and popular local identity Louise Rafter today officially opened the northern Brisbane suburb's first bank - Bank of Queensland - hailing it as a welcome social and economic boost for the community.
The branch, at Taigum Central Shopping Centre, is the first of 12 being opened by the Bank throughout the State by August in its ongoing expansion program.
Ms Rafter, whose Patrick Rafter Cherish the Children Foundation has a close association with Bank of Queensland, said having a bank within the suburb at the local shopping centre would make life a lot easier for residents, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities.
"We are a very proud and independent community here in Taigum, so it is now good we can do our day-to-day banking locally dealing face-to-face with local people," Ms Rafter said.
"Previously the nearest banks were located kilometres away at Virginia, Aspley or Sandgate."
The new branch is expected to be a welcome catalyst for the growth of our suburb, now starting to grow and benefit as a result of Brisbane's property boom, while helping it retain the unique character that makes it such an independent and distinct community.
Bank of Queensland Managing Director David Liddy emphasised the importance of quality banking services to an area's social and economic well-being, particularly with suburbs on the cusp of major change like Taigum.
"Local banking facilities are an important part of any thriving community, providing an essential service for both residents and businesses and often acting as an anchor for retail and commercial businesses which help prevent economic drain to nearby areas," Mr Liddy said.
Bank of Queensland, well known for its community involvement and commitment to helping local charities, wasted no time in getting into a giving mood in Taigum.
Mr Liddy, himself a Director of the Cherish the Children Foundation, took the opportunity to present Ms Rafter with a cheque for $2088 for the Foundation - donations from staff matched by the Bank under its Dollar-for-Dollar Community donation program.
"This small contribution to the Cherish the Children Foundation's important work is a great example of how Bank of Queensland partners and benefits the community," he said.
"Our presence in Taigum will rectify the very obvious lack of face-to-face personal and business banking facilities here and in surrounding suburbs like Zillmere, Fitzgibbon, Geebung, Bracken Ridge and Boondall which also are without their own bank.
"I hope we will be able to fully participate in the extraordinary growth and development that is happening in Taigum and become a valued part of the community," Mr Liddy said.
It will be owned and managed by local businesspeople Brendan George, his wife Donna and sisters Jennifer French and Vivien Pigram under the bank's owner-manager framework.