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Weston Creek residents call for bank to stay open

IN a petition more than 710 people from the Weston Creek area are calling on the Commonwealth Bank to stay open after the branch in Cooleman Court announced its closure. The branch will close on March 13. 

Amita Monterola, whose 70-year-old mother uses this branch says: “She used to use internet banking and was able to drive or catch a bus but a mental health and eye condition means that the Weston branch is now essential for her banking.”

Tara Lamshed is also concerned about older people in the region saying Cooleman Court is a very busy centre and the only centre that many older people in the area can get to do their banking.

Chris Steel.

Member of Murrumbidgee Chris Steel says he has appealed to the Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn to reconsider the decision based on population growth and social equity grounds.

“This decision seems not to have considered the future growth of the area with up to 45,000 people living in Molonglo in the next 15 years who will need banking services including new home loans,” Mr Steel says.

The National Australia Bank has also recently left Cooleman Court, and if the CBA leaves, St George will be the only major bank left in the area, with the restricted Teacher’s Mutual Bank also available, Mr Steel says.

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