BANK STRENGTHENS SERVICE TO FARMERS

It is something of a homecoming for the Bendigo Bank's agribusiness manager appointed to service York and the surrounding area.

Tim Paskov grew up on a farm at Meckering and started his banking career at the ANZ bank in Northam 24 years ago and has since spent time in Wickepin, Kalgoorlie and Esperance.

 "My mum lives in Beverley and both my wife and I have family still living in Northam. "I attended Cunderdin District High School to year 10 and was a boarder at Swanleigh while attending Governor Stirling in year 11 and 12, he said.

Having grown up on a farm and going to school in the country coupled with agricultural training in the bank prepared him for a position as a specialist agricultural lender at Esperance for nine years.

"I enjoy this type of banking and the opportunity to relate to country people. "I joined Bendigo Bank two years ago, attracted by the community bank philosophy of returning something to the community, " Tim said.

"Bendigo has expanded its agribusiness managers in WA from two to five in the past two years. "Every community bank has a full suite of agribusiness products and services backed by an agribusiness manager like myself who understands the needs of rural communities. "Our product type and flexibility coupled with working with the local branch manager, enables us to provide a service to primary producers that is second to none," he said.

Chairman of York and Districts Financial Services Ltd, Lindsay McNeill, welcomed Tim's appointment as agribusiness manager for the district. "I'm confident that Tim will provide good old fashioned service on farms and help us build on the level of customer service we pride ourselves on," he said.

"Growing our agribusiness offering will give us more funds to plough back into the community. "The more business members of the community do with our local branch, the more we have to return to the community by way of sponsorship and grants for local not for profit clubs and organizations," Mr McNeill said.

ABOVE: York Community Bank Branch manager, Graham Edmonds, is working with Bendigo agribusiness manager, Tim Paskov, to enhance the bank's service to farmers in York and the surrounding area.