Listening to Regional Australia
Anna Bligh, ABA CEO
Terrific being back in Roma in South-West Qld yesterday. Boarding a plane full of people in hi-vis work gear, it was clear that the gas industry has made a huge difference to the town, but equally clear that one thing remains the same – towns like Roma are the heartbeat of regional Australia.
Roma is quintessentially Australian, representing hard-working, tight knit and welcoming families and individuals. Over the decades that I’ve travelled regional Qld I’ve seen some dramatic changes.
For over 150 years banks played a vital role in partnering and building regional Australia as it’s changed – a role we need banks to keep playing for many years to come.
Banks are a major part of our regions and I want to make sure that your needs are at the forefront of our minds when shaping Australia’s banking industry.
In the last couple of weeks I’ve been to Bendigo, Gisborne and Dubbo. And the stories are similar to those in Roma. Local businesses and farmers all need a partner to help them through the good times and the tough times. The conversations we have had helps us to press for better policy which ultimately help customers.
Big city or small town – Australia’s banking industry wants to keep on helping to build thriving communities.