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kerry young DEERAGUN BRANCH MANAGER QUEENSLAND COUNTRY

Having lived in the Northern Beaches area for 17 years, Kerry Young is well-placed to head up Queensland Country’s new Deeragun branch, which opened mid-March. “It’s a career highlight,” says Kerry, who has been in the finance industry for 19 years and with Queensland Country for the past 11. “Members are loving the open-plan layout. They tell us we provide the sort of genuine hospitality they can’t find in a bank.” As well as educational hubs for members, the new branch has a dedicated community corner, where non-profit organisations can showcase the work they’re doing on a flat-screen TV and there’s plenty of space for them to hold committee meetings. “As a customer-owned business, we really work to empower the lives of Individuals and communities,” Kerry says. “As well as working with members to realise their home ownership, lifestyle, investment and retirement dreams, we help Queensland communities thrive.” In the 11 years Kerry has been with Queensland Country she has attracted a loyal following. “Many of the members I look after now have grown-up kids coming to me to get their first car loan,” Kerry says. “I find it really satisfying.” Kerry has had investment properties herself, so has experience in that area, as well as home equity lending. “We also have financial advisors who come to the branch to discuss members’ needs and put a plan together for them, along with specialists in insurance and superannuation,” Kerry says. “Our bill-paying account is an excellent budgeting tool too.” The majority of management roles in Queensland Country are held by women, including the CEO and Chief Financial Officer. “And we are the only financial institution with our head office in Townsville,” Kerry says.

Queensland Country Coles Shopping Centre, Deeragun Telephone 07 4751 5333 Email kyoung@qccu.com.au www.qccu.com.au

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At the moment the head office is in Patrick Street, Aitkenvale, but plans are underway for a new head office to be built in the vacant lot opposite Myers. “We are proud to provide what we consider to be genuinely hospitable banking for regional Queenslanders,” Kerry says. In her downtime Kerry enjoys gardening and, with a 1.25-acre property to look after, she has her hands full. Scrapbooking is also a passion and her husband David and their boys Aidyn (20) and Corey (22) are keen fishermen so there are always plenty of ‘big catch’ photos to archive.

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