Ready to support community this week over Ranfurly bank closure
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she would take the concerns of Ranfurly people, who faced the closure of their only bank, directly to Westpac when she met the community this week.
Mrs Dean would hold a special meeting in the town on Friday and would pass on the community’s concerns directly to banking officials.
“I want to work with the people of Ranfurly in the hope that we can resolve this issue.
“The bank has given the town just two weeks to submit a proposal to them and I want to ensure that Westpac is clear about how important this facility is to the people of Ranfurly.
“I acknowledge banking trends have changed and that technology now plays a major role, but a bank is still needed in the town for everyone from businesses, to visiting tourists, or the elderly.
“Ranfurly is doing well. It has a strong business hub. It’s a great little community and it deserves to have a bank on its main street.
"I will hold a special meeting in Ranfurly on Friday, giving people a chance to air their concerns, so that I can take that information directly to Westpac and argue a case.”
Mrs Dean will hold a public meeting at the Wallace Memorial Room, 16 John Street, Ranfurly, on Friday, August 19, from 11am-Noon.
(Note: Media welcome to attend meeting)
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru