With thousands of our Members impacted by the floods, like all Queenslanders we felt compelled to help. I’m pleased to share that the Boards of our bank and health fund were quick to support a donation of $50,000 to the GIVIT Storms and Flooding Appeal.
GIVIT is a charity we have partnered with in the past to support Queensland during the bush fires, and they are once again providing assistance directly where it is needed most.
We want to contribute to a more sustainable future and have therefore launched a new Green Car Loan, at a very competitive interest rate, to help members buy a hybrid or electric car to reduce emissions into the atmosphere. In May we will also launch a Green Reno Loan, offering a substantially discounted lending rate for the purchase and installation of eligible clean energy products. These are the first steps in a range of initiatives we will progress with to reduce our impact on the environment and to help our Members make these choices too.
Queensland Country Bank is proceeding with some significant digital projects over the next 12 months that will deliver meaningful improvements in the digital services available to our Members via the banking app, our website and internet banking. We will make it easier to apply for a loan online, access information and manage your cards and payments.
To bring you these improvements, we are transitioning to a new BSB number, and all Members will soon receive new debit and credit cards. We know these changes will cause a temporary inconvenience, but the benefits will be long-term. Your support and patience is most appreciated as we make these changes to become a more advanced digital bank that is even more secure from a cyber security perspective.
We have seen strong demand for home loans, personal loans and business loans that has resulted in record lending for the organisation over the past six months. Thank you to those Members who have placed your trust in us to help purchase and invest in what will be your most important assets.
We are very mindful of the important role we play in achieving these goals and are therefore investing in technology and our people to be a market leader in lending money and helping our Members. I look forward to sharing more details regarding these advancements in coming months.
Chief Executive Officer