Call for Derwent Valley community bank

Craig Farrell MLC.

EVERYONE concerned about the impending closure of the MyState Bank at New Norfolk should direct their energy towards establishing a community bank, local Legislative Councillor Craig Farrell said today.

The bank has announced it will close its New Norfolk branch on November 7, leaving the Derwent Valley with just one bank. This follows the closure of local ANZ and NAB branches in recent years. MyState and its predecessors have a long history in the town, with the credit union-turned bank now occupying the site of the town’s one-time Westpac branch.

“Like every other MyState customer I am very disappointed to see our local branch close,” said Mr Farrell, who is both Member for Derwent and President of the Legislative Council. “Even those who aren’t customers are saddened by another business leaving our town.”

Mr Farrell said he had transferred to MyState when the ANZ left the town, doing so on the basis that MyState was locally based and wouldn’t move out. He found the staff to be friendly and professional, even just for a chat, and the services great.

“We have a great Commonwealth Bank branch and I hope it stays, but I think we need to protect ourselves against any decisions made by remote head offices and give locals a choice,” Mr Farrell said.

“As with the other major banks once a decision is made – that is it. We should direct our energy into establishing a community bank that is controlled by its contributors. I am happy to co-ordinate this and ask any others interested to contact my office so we can get things going.”

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