LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Staff member Fiona Pedroza and The Capricornian’s branch manager Deb Newell understand their members’ every need.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Staff member Fiona Pedroza and The Capricornian’s branch manager Deb Newell understand their members’ every need. Mara Pattison-Sowden

New businesses revitalise Miriam Vale community

WHILE residents in Miriam Vale are struggling to get by without a local doctor or a grocery store, the town in slowly being invested in with a chemist that is going strong, new pub owners and a further commitment to stay from the town's only financial institution.

Gladstone Regional Council believes a multi-million dollar plan to revitalize the Lions Park in town will help the tourist trade, but some townsfolk don't want the works at what they say will be a of loss of parking spots.

Last week councillors Matt Burnett and Karen Porter officially reopened The Capricornian, a community-owned financial institution, with its new modern shop front and ATM in the arcade.

Miriam Vale Hotel publican Marshal Anderson.
Miriam Vale Hotel publican Marshal Anderson. Mara Pattison-Sowden

The reopening also marked 20 years since The Capricornian first established itself in Miriam Vale.

These days, branch manager Deb Newell and her team make it a priority to understand every member's unique situation, and being a small town, Deb said knowing most people gave her a better understanding of how the community works.

"Banks are purely about money-making with their bottom line, but we are much more personal," she said.

"As a member, you're 'part of it'."

Another business sprucing up its façade is the local pub.

We're trying to create a hub here for the locals…and we're also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Marshal and Anlyn Anderson took over the pub last July from Gladstone, where Marshal was in construction.

They're working on turning the Miriam Vale Hotel into a family-friendly place.

"I looked at it as a blank canvas," he said.

"We're almost there with the beer garden out the back, we can cater for functions of up to 120 people easily and we're one of the bigger employers in town.

"We're trying to create a hub here for the locals…and we're also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef."

Miriam Vale Capricornian

  • Opened January 24, 1994
  • 500 members
  • 369 from Miriam Vale
  • 112 from Bororen


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