Lithgow Mayor, Maree Statham has encouraged the community to invest in businesses that are committed to Lithgow. This follows advice that the ANZ bank will permanently close its Lithgow Main Street branch.

Mayor Statham said, “The ANZ Bank has elected to abandon the Lithgow community when it comes to face-to-face customer service. This will mean a 74-kilometre round trip to the nearest branch, for the moment, at Katoomba. The ANZ Bank has chosen too not be local.”

The Mayor added, “One of the defining qualities of Lithgow is the way in which local businesses support locals. Time and time again I see examples of businesses stepping forward to help in so many diverse ways. The message to me is that we, the community, must invest in local businesses to ensure they can continue to profit and then re-invest back in this community. This is why the council actively supports local businesses, because the funds and benefits are kept local.”

“I encourage people to place their money locally – buy from local retailers, eat locally, employ locals and build a relationship with your local businessperson.”