Bank of Queensland continued to show its support for Queenslands regional communities with the opening of their newest branch in the heart of the Beaudesert Shire today.
Beaudesert Shire Mayor, Councillor Ron Munn officially opened the Bank of Queensland branch at a community celebration, where he welcomed Bank of Queensland to the area and emphasised the importance of quality banking services to an areas social and economic well being.
The Beaudesert Shire has been marked as one of Australias hottest spots for business and I congratulate Bank of Queensland for realising the potential of the Shire and the value of investing in the area, Cr Munn said.
The local agricultural industry is battling under the impact of the drought over the past 18 months and the deregulation of the Dairy industry has impacted on the local community both economically and socially. Its encouraging for the entire community that Bank of Queensland has faith in the Beaudesert Shire and will be here to help us through the tough times.
I am positive that the community spirit the Beaudesert Shire is renowned for will get behind Bank of Queensland and show its support, Cr Munn said.
Bank of Queensland Managing Director David Liddy said the opening of Bank of Queensland Beaudesert brought the branch network total to 120, making it the 27th branch opened in the last 18 months throughout regional, rural and metropolitan Queensland.
We have delivered on our promise of expanding our branch network to 120 branches by the end of August 2003 and we plan to open at least another 10 branches throughout the State by this time next year, David said.
Bank of Queensland Beaudeserts owner-manager Steve Gode has played an active role in the Beaudesert community for six years and along with his family has made Beaudesert his home.
Steve brings to the Beaudesert community more than two decades banking commercial and agribusiness banking experience.
Mr Gode said he his new branch located on William Street would provide Beaudesert and the surrounding community with a welcoming environment where they can conduct their business in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.
Bank customers, particularly businesses, are tired of being moved from banker to banker after ongoing restructures. From my experience they want to deal with a manager who is accessible, who understands the local economy and is based locally, Mr Gode said.
I am looking forward to focusing on individual customer needs and providing rural and business clients stability and professionalism in being able to deal locally with an experienced commercial and rural banker.
I invite all people to come into the branch and experience Bank of Queenslands top-quality customer service along with a full range of personal and business banking products.
If people cant make it to the branch to see me I am just as happy to visit their workplace, farm or residence its all about convenience for the customer. The Bank will also open on Saturday mornings making banking with Bank of Queensland even more convenient, Steve said.
Steve devotes some of his spare time to coaching local junior sporting teams along with being the Treasurer of St Marys School P & F.