BLUE skies and warm weather greeted those attending the opening last Monday of the new Welshpool Agency of the Toora & District Community Bank® and Foster Bendigo Bank Branches.
The Welshpool Agency adds another feather in the hat of the Welshpool Rural Transaction Centre (RTC), which already offers services including Centrelink, Medicare, V/Line coach tickets, a community café, computer services and public internet.
The Welshpool community already has a strong relationship with the Community Bank through the bank’s grants and sponsorship program, and community members are urged to drop in to the Agency to discuss their banking requirements with staff members Faye Jenkins, Linda Razinger and Madelaine Mason.
With support from the nearby Toora and Foster Branches, the Welshpool Agency offers full banking facilities in addition to Rural Finance products.
“We’ve been in negotiations with the Toora & District Community Bank® and Foster Bendigo Bank branches since December so it’s some time but this is a very pleasing and rewarding outcome for everyone,” said Dan Conley, treasurer of the Welshpool and District Advisory Group – the governing body of the Welshpool Agency.
Eddie Fowler, president of the Welshpool and District Advisory Group welcomed everyone to the opening including Cr. Jeanette Harding and Deputy Mayor Mohya Davies, Andrew Loh – Acting Regional Manager (South Gippsland) for Bendigo Bank, representatives of Prom District Finance Group (PDFG).
He also acknowledged the assistance of members of the Toora Lions Club who put on a tasty sausage sizzle.
“I wish to welcome Welshpool to the family of community banks,” said Rob Liley, chair of Prom District Finance Group, adding that over the last 17 years, this community bank family has poured $900,000 back into the community.
“We are confident that with the support of the community, this venture will be very successful,” said Eddie Fowler.
“We need the support of locals, so come in, have a chat with the staff. Find out about the benefits of banking with the Community Bank and open an account at the Welshpool Agency,” he urged.
An evening information session will be held on Thursday April 28 at 7.30pm, which provides another opportunity to find out all that is now possible via the new Welshpool Agency.
Representatives of the Agency, Bendigo Community Bank branches and RTC committee will be in attendance. A light supper and drinks will be provided. A phone call (or a drop in) to the RTC on 5688 1051 to let them know you wish to attend would assist with the organisation of catering.