Commonwealth Bank in Maylands closes

Commonwealth Bank in Maylands closes

Residents have launched a petition to keep open the branch that moved to its current location on Eighth Avenue 64 years ago.

The planned closure on May 6 follows other Commonwealth closures in the area in recent years, including the Bayswater and Inglewood branches.

Maylands resident Ruth Folley said her late husband’s family used the branch for more than 90 years and currently used its services once a fortnight.

“Maylands is thriving, people are coming here in droves, why close the bank?” she said.

“I feel sorry for people in my age group who are not up-to-date with computers.

“I think every suburb needs a bank,”

Mrs Folley said her closest branches would now be Mt Lawley, Morley and Dianella.

“It’s very inconvenient; Beaufort Street parking is bad,” she said.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said dozens of people had approached her with concerns about the bank closure.

“I urge the Commonwealth Bank to take a look at the significance of the Maylands branch in keeping our community a vibrant place to live,” she said.

“Not only would we lose an important service that attracts locals to Eighth Avenue, but the empty storefront on this strip would be a step backwards in keeping this an active and thriving streetscape.”

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