Nanango Community Branch

It all started with people

Nanango is a thriving town of more than 3000 people in the South Burnett region of Queensland. Residents love the small-town friendliness and community spirit. But in the late 1990s, they also felt there was something missing. A small enthusiastic group of local people wanted access to financial services in the Nanango district. They were armed with new research on the devastating consequences of rural bank closures, and were concerned that they too would soon go down that path.

That concern heightened with the closure of the town’s Commonwealth Bank branch, and concern about service restrictions and the likely closure of the NAB branch - the last bank branch in town (which eventually did close).

The concerned locals investigated options and formed Heritage Nanango Community Funding Ltd (HNCF) to help establish a Heritage Bank Community Branch. Taking a proactive approach, local investors represented by HNCF raised $100,000 as their share of capital to form a joint-venture with Heritage Bank. And in December 2001, Heritage Nanango Community Branch opened. Now, residents in the Nanango district have long-term access to a full-range of financial services from a local team.

As a Community Branch, profits from are distributed back to the community in the form of Community Grants and sponsorships that are used to support charities, sporting clubs and other local organisations.

Ongoing success

Since opening, the local Heritage Nanango Community Branch has invested more than $3 million back into the Nanango community in grants alone. The community grants have enabled local organisations to complete numerous essential projects that may have never been possible if it wasn’t for this mutually beneficial relationship between HNCF and Heritage. So many community organisations simply don’t have the resources to raise large amounts of money needed to do their projects.

"The Heritage Nanango Community Branch provides the community with high quality banking, including fairer fees and better service. The success of the branch however, is thanks to the people of Nanango who bank with us knowing their community will get a share of the profits."
Bob Head, Heritage Nanango Community Funding Ltd

Community Grants – profits back to the local community

If your community group is from the Nanango area and would like to apply for a Community Grant, please contact your local Community Branch for more information about our next round of funding.


Nanango Community Branch’s manager, Robert “Bob” Shaw has been with Heritage since 2002. A personable and experienced professional, Bob combines his enthusiasm for finance with a strong focus on providing high-level client service. He is married with four children and enjoys playing squash and golf and spending time with his family.

Bob has over 36 years experience in the banking industry and looks forward to helping you with your finances. Visit Bob and the team at our Drayton Street branch today or call 4163 3444.

* Based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.