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Two banks in two weeks give up on South Burnett

8th February 2021

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington said it is shocking that two banks in just two weeks have announced they will close branches in the South Burnett.

Mrs Frecklington said the closure of the two branches, NAB in Murgon and BOQ in Kingaroy leaves a sour taste for the community.

“When essential services like banks close their doors, the community has every right to be angry,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“People in regional towns, like Kingaroy and Murgon, really value their local banking services, but once again we’re seeing large companies relinquish their commitment to serve country people.

“Unfortunately, this is now a common theme for banks, who believe they can service their customers just as well online.

“However, for community groups, and businesses, it will always be necessary for them to have access to physical banking services. And we all know that many people in regional areas have poor internet connection, or no computer access at all, so internet banking isn’t always the answer.

“The banks give all the reasons under the sun for having to close, but in the end, it comes down to them abandoning regional areas and it’s just not good enough,” Deb said.