With the ANZ bank closing its doors in Thirroul, Horizon Credit Union is reminding us they provide the Northern Illawarra with a quality banking alternative – PLUS they’re hosting a FREE screening of Finding Dory at Thirroul Beach Reserve on Saturday November 18.
16 years ago, when the ANZ announced they were closing their Thirroul branch, Horizon’s General Manager asked Thirroul local and Marketing Manager Kim Morris if she thought their customer-owned banking alternative would work in our area.
“I believed the Northern Illawarra community would really embrace the idea of mutual banking” says Kim. “We undertook research to confirm that instinct and subsequently opened our doors!”
Kim says Horizon is a customer-owned financial institution, which means profit is returned to customers in the form of competitive interest rates, leading edge technology, and service that makes you feel part of a caring family.
“We’re only run to benefit customers,” says Kim. “But our regulators are the same as the banks so we must meet the same high prudential standards. Anyone can open an account with and enjoy the benefits of Horizon.”
“We offer deposit and term deposit accounts, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay, low rate payWave credit card, internet banking, ATM access, home loans, personal loans and car loans. In fact, our service is so nimble we can give an answer on a loan within one business day. We can do anything a bank can. ”
And she says they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
“We’re committed to a branch presence in Thirroul,” says Kim. “ We have strong ties with this area. We have four staff members who live locally, including two of our executives, so we’re in a unique position of having our fingers on the community pulse. ”
“We understand the importance of being able to speak to a local person and not an off-shore call centre.”
To cement their commitment to the Northern Illawarra Horizon and Wollongong City Council will host a family moonlight movie night at Thirroul Beach Reserve from 6pm on Saturday November 18. Food and drinks can be purchased at the reserve. They’ll be fun and activities for all the kids.