Bank branches out

Clockwise from top left: Darren Padley and Bev Letton; Guest speaker Sergeant Jason Macander; Tony and Mandy Chia, Alana Lambert and Sue Dash; Ali Davies, Mark Manson, Mandy Curtis and Larissa Shepherd; Reverend John Taylor and Gai McGrath.
Clockwise from top left: Darren Padley and Bev Letton; Guest speaker Sergeant Jason Macander; Tony and Mandy Chia, Alana Lambert and Sue Dash; Ali Davies, Mark Manson, Mandy Curtis and Larissa Shepherd; Reverend John Taylor and Gai McGrath.

Its official opening on Tuesday night last week was one of three Westpac branches to open in WA in as many days as the country’s oldest company gears up for its 200th anniversary in 2017.

Yanchep bank manager Mark Manson and guest speaker Yanchep Police Sergeant Jason Macander spoke of the big population growth expected in the next decade.

Sgt Macander, who had recently been given a tour of the bank, praised its customer focus ” ‘something we share’ ” and its ‘achievement’ in being the first official bank of Yanchep.

He welcomed Westpac to the region he had first passed through as a child visiting Atlantis marine park and said he would visit the bank and ‘say hi to staff and customers because it is a family here’.

Interstate-based Westpac retail banking general manager Gai McGrath officially opened the branch by cutting a ribbon, alongside Sgt Macander. The night before she had opened a branch in South Hedland and was due to open another in Ellenbrook the next day.

‘I always love coming to WA because when I get here there is a real sense of optimism, a real sense of belief in Australia, in this state and everything that it contributes not just to Australia but more globally,’ she said.