Heritage celebrates the opening of its newest branch in Oakey

A celebrity paper plane-throwing contest was a highlight of a community celebration In Oakey today to mark the official opening of the new full-service Heritage Bank branch.

Toowoomba Mayor Cr Paul Antonio celebrated his birthday today by outdoing the other celebrity contestants to easily win the paper plane-throwing event.

The new Heritage branch opened its doors in Campbell Street at Oakey earlier this month, and Heritage celebrated with a range of activities.

A free sausage sizzle took place this morning outside the branch, along with a live breakfast show broadcast by radio station CFM.

That was followed by the celebrity paper plane throwing contest involving Toowoomba Mayor Cr Paul Antonio, Heritage Bank CEO John Minz, Toowoomba Hospital Foundation CEO Peter Rookas and Lt Col Steve Stockley from the Oakey Army Aviation base.

Then it was the kids' turn to have a go, taking up the challenge to fold and throw their own paper plane with a $50 Heritage gift card on offer for the winner.

Cr Antonio came out on top of the celebrity contest while Jessica Street won the kids challenge.

“We held the plane-throwing competition in front of the branch to acknowledge the rich aviation history of the area, and to make our opening a community celebration, “ Mr Minz said.

A final event is being held tonight at which the Heritage Chairman Kerry Betros will officially open the new branch.

At tonight’s function, Heritage will also present a $2,706 donation to the Oakey Local Ambulance Committee to purchase a Laerdel Sim Pad that will be used to upgrade their Advanced Life Support training mannequin.

The upgrade will greatly enhance the training available to the local paramedic, nurses and doctors in Oakey.

Mr Minz said Heritage was very pleased to offer its full range of personal and business banking services to the Oakey community by establishing a full branch.

“Oakey is a thriving town that supported our previous mini-branch, and we’re delighted to bring even more of our People first services to the community.”

“The branch has created four new permanent jobs in Oakey and we will continue to give back to the community every way we can.”

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