On Monday 30th October, Auswide Bank reopened our newly renovated branch at 102 Mary Street in Gympie
after 19 months of planning and to make this branch a flood-resilient design.

In February 2022 Gympie residents experienced its biggest flood for more than 120 years. Much of the town was
impacted including the main street where our Auswide Bank branch was located.

With the need to ‘gut’ the main street location, we took the opportunity to ‘future proof’ the branch
should an event like this occur again.

“We understand the support our customers need during and after a major event like the February 2022 floods.
Our renovated branch is a flood-resilient design and we have used a number of materials, construction
techniques and design choices that can withstand substantial and multiple water inundations to actively mitigate
the effects and minimise the time our branch is out of action.” Said Damian Hearne, Auswide Bank Chief Customer Officer.

“The new design will enable us to take prior action to a flood and will mean we can easily clean and move back in
with minimal long-term disruption.” He said.

The reopening of the Auswide Bank branch was followed by a reopening event held on Wednesday November 1st,
and included a ribbon cutting by Deputy Lord Mayor, Cr Hilary Smerdon, and a special guest appearance by
Auswide Bank ambassador, Sam Thaiday.

“After 19 months, we’re ready to serve our customers in our new branch and continue supporting the Gympie
community.” Mr. Hearne said.

Auswide Bank is proud and honoured to be part of the Gympie community for over 30 years.