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The AFR Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Awards provide Australian banking consumers with further evidence about the great banking product range and service available through customer owned banking.

The AFR Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Awards provide Australian banking consumers with further evidence about the great banking product range and service available through customer owned banking.

Customer owned banking institutions Heritage Bank and Bank Australia took out major awards for their outstanding response to the needs of their customers and local communities.

Heritage Bank was named Regional Bank of the Year and Bank Australia won the Best Premium Banking Package award.

COBA today congratulated both institutions on these prestigious awards.

“This is great recognition for two of our high performing customer owned banks that are both doing terrific things for consumers,” COBA CEO Mark Degotardi said.

“Heritage is a household name in QLD and is rapidly growing a national profile.  Bank Australia has successfully rebranded with a renewed focus on ethical and sustainable banking.”

The customer owned banking sector was well represented across other award categories. IMB was highly commended for Online Bank of the Year, Regional Bank of the Year and Fixed Interest Property Investment Loan for SMSFs. Heritage was also highly commended in the Best Premium Banking Package and Best Long Term Deposit sections. Bank Australia was Highly Commended in the Bank of the Year category.

Hume Bank Property Package was highly commended in the Best Fixed Interest Property Investment Loan category, while the G&C Mutual Premium Package was highly commended in the Best Variable Rate Property Investment Loan category.

“These awards are great recognition for customer owned banking but even more importantly demonstrate our sector has clarity of purpose – our customers come first and we aim to deliver market leading products and service for them.”

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Customer Owned Banking Association is the industry body for credit unions, building societies, mutual banks and friendly societies.  See coba3.nexusone.com.au

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