The City of Manningham gained a boost to its banking services today with the opening of a new locally owned and managed Bank of Queensland branch at Doncaster East.
Federal Minister and local Member for Menzies, the Hon. Kevin Andrews, officially declared the new branch open at a community celebration with Bank of Queensland Group Executive Retail Banking Donna Brown and Bank of Queensland Doncaster East Owner-Manager Tony Cardamone.
Mr Andrews, who is the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations as well as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, congratulated the Bank on its expansion into Victoria and said he believed the new competition in banking services would be good for the City of Manningham and for the entire state of Victoria.
The enhancement of banking services is always great news on a local level but it is also great for Victoria's economy, with each new Bank of Queensland branch creating approximately four to five new jobs, Mr Andrews said.
Bank of Queensland Doncaster East Owner Manager Tony Cardamone, who is also a Doncaster East resident, hopes that the local community will take a shine to his new bank, which he says will offer personalised service for every customer as well as extended trading hours.
I will go the extra mile, including opening on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings as well as visiting customers at their business or residence. Being an owner-manager means I am also a small business owner myself and can relate directly to the needs of the SME market, Mr Cardamone said.
I'm here to support the community with all their personal and business banking needs and I believe my 16 years' Victorian banking experience combined with my intimate knowledge of the local area will be a benefit to the community.
Bank of Queensland prides itself on delivering the best customer service - offering customers the choice of person2person™, telephone and Internet banking. There's also nothing better than when you ring a company and a person answers the phone and that's what happens at Bank of Queensland, he said.
Exclusive to Bank of Queensland Doncaster East branch is an opening interest rate special on the Premier Investment Account, which offers a rate of 5.4% p.a. (end of term) fixed for six months for amounts between $5,000 to $249,999. The offer is valid to close of business on 29 October 2004.
Bank of Queensland Doncaster East is located at Shop 42, The Pines Shopping Centre, 181 Reynolds Road and can be contacted on phone 03 9842 7433.