The opposition is mounting against a decision by the Commonwealth Bank to remove an ATM from Bomaderry.
The machine on Meroo Street opposite the railway station is due to be pulled out of service today.
Member for Gilmore FIONA PHILLIPS has described the move as heartless.. and will force many local residents to cross the bridge to make withdrawals.
Ms Phillips says she has contacted the Bank for a 'please explain'... and asked them to delay the decision while other options are considered.
She says she's also calling on the Morrison Government to take decisive action to address the difficulties Gilmore residents have in accessing banking services in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission.
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Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today slammed the Commonwealth Bank for failing its customers in regional communities.
It follows the Bank’s decision to close down its ATM in Meroo Street, Bomaderry this Friday.
Mr Ward says it's another case of banks putting profits first – and people last.
He says it's a disappointing decision that will inconvenience many local Commonwealth Bank customers in Bomaderry and North Nowra.. particularly seniors, most of whom will now be forced to cross the river into Nowra to make ATM withdrawals.
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Retailers are calling for changes to better protect retailers from the impacts of outages to payment services.
Telstra has apologised for the disruptions caused by a problem which knocked out ATM and EFTPOS for businesses yesterday.
The telco says early investigations suggest it was caused by an unusually large volume of traffic across network links in New South Wales.
Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman says there needs to be a better back-up in place to minimise disruptions: "It'd be probably mainly the banks and the telecommunications organisations and that might be just a simple one, look I'm not a technical expert, might be just as simple as being able to switch across from one particular supplier to another."
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The decision by the Commonwealth Bank to remove its ATM from Bomaderry has angered local resident and Kiama MP GARETH WARD.
Despite community opposition to the move the machine was removed last week.
Mr Ward says it's another example of the banks not listening and he's going to take the matter up in parliament.. "They make billion dollar profits, yet they treat their customers with contempt. Well people don't get to trample over our community. If people in the Commonwealth Bank that have made this decision think they're going to get away with this - well I'm going to take it all away to the floor of parliament and slug them square in the guts, because that's exactly what they've done to our custom."
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