Wayne Trotman, Head of Finance, Community Sector Banking Pty Ltd
Community sector banking currently employs 19 people in the Wollongong. It is a bank that specialises in providing banking services for the not-for-profit sector nationally.
Q: What have you found to be the advantage of basing your business in Wollongong as opposed to other Australian or international locations?
Being based in Wollongong has provided us with a cheaper alternative than establishing our head office in a major city like Sydney. We have had no problem at all in attracting quality staff to fill our Customer Service and Engagement Team positions in Wollongong.
Q: What are some of the things you love about living life in Wollongong?
We really enjoy the pleasant coastal environment and living in a place that isn’t overcrowded. Being able to go to stunning beaches and enjoy local parks so close to home are great activities that our family really enjoys.
Q: How does being based in Wollongong help with your work-life balance?
We are able to arrive home from work sooner and this means we get to spend more time with family and friends. Living in Wollongong has really delivered a great work-life balance for us.
Q: If a company was thinking of establishing their business in Wollongong, what would you tell them?
In Wollongong, you can enjoy reasonable rent, an idyllic location and you will be able to obtain quality staff who are more productive from enjoying a better work-life balance.
Q: How connected is the region to other centres for business and visitors?
With the establishment of return flights from Albion Park to Melbourne, any visits from other office staff is very convenient. The drive from Sydney airport is generally against traffic and is a pleasant drive to our offices nearby.
Q: Has working in the Wollongong provided opportunities that would not have occurred if you operated somewhere else?
Yes. The amazing work-life balance we enjoy in Wollongong cannot be understated.
Q: What was most surprising to you when you moved to Wollongong?
The amazing cultural diversity on display and how that has incorporated itself into the food and wine scene.