My letter today is to discuss the closing of the Bendigo Bank Agency in Canowindra. A few years ago many of the residents and business owners rallied together for many months on end, over a period of a couple of years; volunteering their own time creating a petition, chasing support from the Canowindra community signed petition and co-ordinating many meetings with the community.
It was a monumental effort that this group of community members continually reached the goals set by the bank, only to have the bank then change the requirements and put in place further requirements. Thus causing disappointment and heartache.
With constant commitment from the local committee, they again rallied around and were successful in meeting the requirements that Bendigo Bank had set down.
Locals, residents and business owners got behind this success and threw their support into the branch by opening accounts to exhibit their support for the new bank.
It is now very disappointing and sad to see that Bendigo Bank has chosen not to fight as hard as our little community once did to achieve the local branch in town.
With very little warning of the branch’s impending closure, businesses and residents are scrambling to find alternate banking solutions.
It has come to my attention that the Bendigo bank has closed its doors to us. No word of warning. No letter or email of closure. No phone call or text. As a business owner and the president of the local club, the bank is a necessity for the running of businesses.