Big 4 banks called to account at forum

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen is holding the banks to task with a special banking industry forum to be held in Mackay next week.

big 4 banksHe says the Forum will put direct questions to representatives of the big four banks regarding their treatment of customers.

Mr Christensen says business, industry and agricultural groups from the Whitsundays, Bowen and Mackay regions have been invited to attend the forum to state their case on banks reining in their debt during the region’s downturn and hitting businesses with foreclosure.

“I have had a number of business owners and individuals come to see me and share their accounts of how they have been treated by the banks.”

“In some recent cases, we are talking about businesses which have been with the same bank for many years, which are now faced with foreclosure.”

Mr Christensen says he has asked the banks to bring their senior representatives to hear directly from industry groups about the difficulties caused to our region because of their tough treatment.

“We can only accept limited numbers at the forum, but those with particular concerns in relation to banking are welcome to make contact and we will accommodate them if we can.”

“We want the banks to address these local concerns, and change their attitude on lending to those in our region. We want to create a push for the establishment of practices that are fair and reasonable.”

Members of the following organisations should make contact to request attendance at the banking forum, which will be held on Wednesday, July 19 from 6pm to 8pm. Alternatively contact George Christensen’s office on 4944 0662.

Canegrowers Mackay – 4944 2602
Canegrowers Proserpine – 4945 1844
Mackay Tourism – 4944 5888
Mackay Chamber of Commerce – 4953 1603
Bowen Business chamber –
Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce –
Master Builders Association – 4969 4500
GW3 – Greater Whitsunday Alliance –
Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) –
Agforce – (07) 3236 3100
Bowen Collinsville Enterprise – 0419 153 984
Tourism Whitsundays – 4948 5900
Regional Development Authority – 4957 6160