The Beagle Editor, I have just read the Mayor's response to the Narooma NAB announced closure in today's Moruya Examiner that reports with a headline of "Small matter of $15 Million - Shire plays loyalty card" "In a thinly veiled warning Mayor Liz Innes has reminded the bank of its $15 million relationship with the Shire..."" And quotes the Mayor saying "We want to do business with those who support our local community" adding "We hope they'll reconsider their decision". Where was Council when St George closed down in Narooma and Moruya leaving customers with an ATM. Where was the outcry then? And has NAB said anything about closing its Moruya or Batemans Bay branches? NO The Council is the Moruya NAB's biggest client and Mayor Innes is way out of step saying "It's disappointing that a valued national institution such as NAB isn't supporting local communities". If the Mayor had bothered to look at the NAB website before she stuck both her feet in her mouth she would have seen that in 2017 NAB contributed $44.6m to communities As a proud, now retired, NAB employee I am disappointed that the Eurobodalla Mayor has made such a careless unthinking statement. In May 2017 the ANZ in Narooma closed its doors as well. Where was the mayoral outburst in the papers then ? NAB have not abandoned their customers. Just drive to Moruya. When St George closed down customers who needed face-to-face banking just drove to Batemans Bay. I was also very disappointed to read a quote from the President of the Narooma Chamber of Commerce telling people "to vote with their feet" and "Go and support customer owned banking institutions because it seems like the big banks aren't in it for the small town areas" How must his own Narooma Commonwealth Bank and IMB feel about such a stupid and careless statement. Both those banks employ locals and neither of those banks have said anything about leaving. I will remain with the NAB as a customer and will happily drive to Moruya if I need to. Name and address supplied .
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