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Response to Westpac Sale re-opening
May 9, 2023

Statement from Wellington Shire Council Mayor Ian Bye.

"Wellington Shire Council welcomes Westpac’s decision to keep their Sale branch open indefinitely.

Following public announcement of the planned closure of Westpac’s Sale branch, Council worked closely with Westpac’s senior executives to advocate for the community and voice the significant concerns of residents, not only for those who live in Sale, but for the many local business owners and residents who rely on traditional brick and mortar sites to meet their banking needs.

Council took pride when representing the community during the Parliamentary Inquiry into regional bank closures, held at the Port of Saleon 2 March. CEO David Morcom spoke passionately about the challenges our community experience spanning access and connectivity, digital literacy, and the expectation that all people should feel included in their local community.

Regional banking hubs remain a keystone for connectivity, and support those who are most vulnerable. I am glad to see this work reflected in Westpac’s decision to continue supporting in-person banking at a branch in Sale.

It is a win for our local community, and I am proud of the support my Council colleagues could provide".

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