Berrigan is expected to have a local bank branch operating in the town by the end of January.
The town has been without a bank service since NAB closed its Berrigan branch in early July.
In August this year the Bendigo Bank announced it would offer a service based from the Berrigan Shire office.
At the time it was hoped the branch would be operating within six weeks, however Berrigan Shire director corporate service Matt Hansen this week said that timeline was unrealistic.
‘‘This was never going to be a quick and easy process and I’m not sure where the six weeks came from,’’ Mr Hansen said.
‘‘We’re working the best we can to ensure we can get it up and running early in the New Year.
‘‘It’s taken longer than we would have liked but it’s important we do it correctly and meet all the requirements,’’ Mr Hansen said.
Berrigan Shire staff have started the necessary training to operate the service, Mr Hansen added.
‘‘There is a three part process to the training, which includes online, in-house and on the job.’’
Berrigan Community Bank Steering Committee chairman Rob Clark said he was frustrated with the time it was taking to open the branch.
‘‘We understand there were some delays from the Bendigo Bank. From the view of the committee we’re just disappointed it has taken this long to get sorted.’’