Elly Ward at Bendigo Bank in Tugun.
Elly Ward at Bendigo Bank in Tugun. John Gass

A bank with a soul?

BANKS are often associated with obscene profits and unreasonable interest-rate rises.

They are less often linked to good-looks, charm and a positive relationship with their customers.

The Tugun Bendigo Community Bank has been, and will remain, in this pleasant minority.

This is not least because of its promotion of Elly Ward to the position of customer relationship officer.

Ms Ward said she looked forward to continuing her hard work so significant returns could be made for the bank's shareholders and community.

"Tugun Community Bank Branch aims to provide the community with another avenue to secure financial support through sponsorships and donations.

"These sponsorships and donations will be achieved by sharing the profits that the branch will generate from the ongoing support of the Tugun people.

"The more support we get, the more support we can give back to the community - it's that simple," she said.

Ms Ward has worked in banking and finance for two years.

She has worked on credit cards and personal loans, opening new business and personal accounts, insurance and all areas requiring qualified customer service.

Branch manager Allan Merlehan said she was a welcome appointment to the role.

"Elly has a track record of improving branch banking levels through her outstanding customer service," Mr Merlehan said.

"Now with Elly on board, we hope business levels will increase even more as she works closely with local customers, including individuals, families and businesses.

"As always with the Community Bank® model, the more the community supports the branch the sooner we can reach a profit and start making vital returns to our community.

You are invited to visit the branch to meet with Ms Ward, who can help you address all your banking needs.

Call her direct on 07 5559 5700 or visit shop 1-3, 482 Golden Four Drive, Tugun from 9am-5pm (Qld) Monday-Friday and 9am-noon Saturday.

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