Bank of Queensland’s new Owner-Managed Branch in Bathurst will open on Monday 19 December 2005 and is already contributing to the community through a unique charity program.
Centrally located at Metro Plaza on William Street, the easily-accessible branch will be owned and managed by experienced local banker Russell Gardner.
Mr Gardner, who has more than 15 years’ experience, said not only would the branch be offering an eye catching Term Deposit special to celebrate its opening, it was also launching a Local Support Scheme.
“In addition to our special opening offer, we provide a full range of retail and business banking products as well as a mobile lending service,” Mr Gardner said.
“We also have all of the modern technological solutions that customers have come to expect, like Internet and EasyPhone banking, extended trading hours and a network of ATMs in and around Bathurst.”
Bank of Queensland is already playing an active and positive role in community life through an initiative designed by the Owner-Manager specifically for the city.
“I am very pleased to launch the Local Support Scheme in which my branch will donate funds to a charity, school, or sporting club of the customer’s choice for every new deposit account of $20,000 or more opened with us,” Mr Gardner said.
“The aim of this scheme is to direct funds back in to our local community where they are vitally needed.
“My staff and I have two goals, to provide an unprecedented level of service, and to continuously contribute to the Bathurst community. We welcome everyone to come in and experience the difference,” he said.
Bank of Queensland Managing Director David Liddy said the BOQ Owner-Managed Branch Model™ enabled us to offer customers a level of service corporate-owned big bank branches can’t.
“Owner-Managed Branches offer the benefits of local ownership and unequalled personal service, with a full range of banking services, the second-largest fleet of ATMs in the country and the security of a 130-year-old financial institution,” Mr Liddy said.
“In this day and age, when many banks are reducing their contact with the community and re-directing their customers to automated call centres, it’s great being able to go into a community and really make a difference simply by providing genuine person2person service,” he said.
Australia’s fastest-growing bank, Bank of Queensland has opened 43 Owner-Managed Branches™ (franchised branches) in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT in the past 18 months and announced it would shortly make the move into the remaining States and Northern Territory.