Author: Rebecca Harris

Where’s Westpac?

Locals and business owners in Ayr have been left frustrated by the temporary closure of the Westpac branch in Queen Street. More puzzling, staff from the branch have been spotted working in the Aitkenvale branch – seemingly prioritising Townsville over the smaller Burdekin community. It is supposed that the redeployment is due to COVID-19 depleting […]

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Locals and business owners in Ayr have been left frustrated by the temporary closure of the Westpac branch in Queen Street.

More puzzling, staff from the branch have been spotted working in the Aitkenvale branch – seemingly prioritising Townsville over the smaller Burdekin community.

It is supposed that the redeployment is due to COVID-19 depleting staff numbers in Townsville but with Burdekin customers dependent on face-to-face transactions, the closure is problematic for those without internet banking.

A Westpac spokesperson told Burdekin Local News, “Westpac Ayr is currently temporarily closed due to staffing availability. We apologise for any inconvenience and will reopen the branch as soon as possible. Westpac customers in Ayr can do their banking at the local Australia Post via Bank@Post or call 132 032 if they require additional support.” 

Referring to the closure, Burdekin Shire Council Mayor, Cr Lyn McLaughlin agreed that it was unfortunate but unsurprising considering the impact of COVID on businesses.

“COVID-19 continues to present communities worldwide with extraordinary circumstances, two years on from the announcement of a pandemic in Australia,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Over this time we have seen other local institutions close their Burdekin branches completely, so I want to thank Westpac for recognising the Burdekin continues to be an important community to invest in and commend all staff for going above and beyond to do what is required.

“Each organisation has their own Business Continuity Plans to enact in unprecedented circumstances, however, while actions taken by Westpac ensure Townsville branches are able to stay open and service their larger population, it is disappointing it comes at the expense of our residents. I want to wish Westpac’s Burdekin staff good health as they undertake their temporary roles in Townsville and hope to see them back in our Shire soon.”

Author: Rebecca Harris

Community demands justice!

Community members are outraged at inequities in the justice system following a 17-year-old violent criminal being gifted a mountain bike valued at well over $1,000 only for him to sell it within days to buy drugs. In contrast, Doug ‘Chippo’ Chappell 76, a Vietnam war veteran, who recently had both his truck and quad bike...

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Community members are outraged at inequities in the justice system following a 17-year-old violent criminal being gifted a mountain bike valued at well over $1,000 only for him to sell it within days to buy drugs. In contrast, Doug ‘Chippo’ Chappell 76, a Vietnam war veteran, who recently had both his truck and quad bike…

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Author: Rebecca Harris

Watsons Green hoons in custody

Two males, one aged 19 and the other 16, have been charged with wilful damage and unlawful use of a stolen motor vehicle after Watsons Green was vandalised in a evening rampage last week. The vehicle used in the incident was allegedly stolen from Home Hill. The pair face 16 charges including armed robbery, assault, […]

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Two males, one aged 19 and the other 16, have been charged with wilful damage and unlawful use of a stolen motor vehicle after Watsons Green was vandalised in a evening rampage last week. The vehicle used in the incident was allegedly stolen from Home Hill.

The pair face 16 charges including armed robbery, assault, alcohol theft and stealing fuel. They will remain in custody as have police objected to their bail.

 

Author: Rebecca Harris

Overturned truck causes traffic chaos

A semi-trailer travelling along the Bruce Highway overturned at the Billabong Sanctuary turnoff this morning, causing traffic chaos. The Vawdrey semi lay on its side until a crane was able to lift it back on its wheels around 11.30 am. It is believed there were no injuries. Drivers are advised to proceed with caution. Traffic […]

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A semi-trailer travelling along the Bruce Highway overturned at the Billabong Sanctuary turnoff this morning, causing traffic chaos.
The Vawdrey semi lay on its side until a crane was able to lift it back on its wheels around 11.30 am. It is believed there were no injuries. Drivers are advised to proceed with caution. Traffic lights are now in place.