Lou gets the house and wins $5000 for furniture
FOURTEEN years after moving to Gladstone, Lou Maday took the plunge and hit up his community-owned bank, The Capricornian, for a home loan.
He made the decision while enjoying a Sunday drinks session with mates.
Just weeks after buying a new home, Mr Maday was looking over the expansive and lonely empty spaces inside his new inner city home, badly in need of companionable furnishings, when he got a call.
The timely phone call was to change everything for the 47-year-old blaster and painter.
It came from Gladstone branch manager of The Capricornian, Faith Hutchinson, telling her client he was the winner of a $5000 furniture voucher.
"He was speechless," Ms Hutchinson said.
"I never win a thing," a disbelieving Mr Maday said.
"It's great timing, very useful. A mate's house came up for sale that I liked and my loan was approved.
"I never thought I would own a house. I like Gladstone and have been working here quite a while now."
Mr Maday said that with just one lounge chair, one bed and a blow-up mattress, his house needed beds, a lounge and kitchen furniture including a widescreen television, and a mower.
Ms Hutchinson said her female colleagues were only too happy to help the single man with furnishings and choosing colours.
The community bank sponsors basketball team Port City Power and marks another milestone today with the opening of a new Gladstone site at 174 Goondoon St in Kurrajong Court, behind Gladstone Square.
The Capricornian has 12,000 members and branches in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Miriam Vale, Emerald and Yeppoon.