Author: Warwick Sharpe

Singleton branch upgrade uncovers a 34 year old newspaper clip of our first Singleton branch

In preparing for the refurbishment of our Singleton branch, Branch Manager Warwick Sharpe and his team found this old newspaper clipping from 1978 on the opening of The Greater’s first Singleton branch. 

We are getting ready to move our Singleton branch temporarily while the current branch gets an upgrade to allow us to better serve our customers.  My Senior Customer Service Officer Gaye Pike, who has worked for us for 34 years, dug out this old newspaper clip from the local paper of when our first Singleton branch opened.


The Greater was the first building society to open a branch in Singleton. The original branch on the corner of John Street and Burns Lane was opened by the Shire president Cr Neil McNamara in January 1978. Mr McNamara has asked The Greater to open a branch in the town because it was “becoming a growth centre for the future.” The Greater moved to its current John Street branch in 1984.

We will operate from a temporary branch next to the Optus Store in Singleton Plaza from September 20 The upgrade is expected to take two months. Phone and fax numbers remain unchanged. The other good news is that we are also installing a new, additional ATM in the Gowrie Street Mall by mid October to serve our growing number of local customers.

Faye, Kristen, Elyse, Gaye and I are looking forward to working in the new branch which will include new sit-down counter service and private meeting areas and additional teller space. The heritage listed façade is also being given a spruce up to make sure we play our part in preserving the history of our town. Here’s how the new branch will look. We can’t wait and we look forward to welcoming customers to our new look branch before Christmas.  




The Greater’s Singleton branch 

Loans, savings and investment accounts, credit and debit cards, insurance, financial planning and international services.

94 John Street, Singleton

From September 20, 2012 the branch will be temporarily located at Singleton Plaza, next to the Optus Store.

Phone: 6572  2155.