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Department moves to shut down Christmas lunch plans

The Department of Housing has shutdown Cindy Roma's Christmas luncheon.
The Department of Housing has shutdown Cindy Roma's Christmas luncheon. Anthea Gleeson

UPDATE: A DEPARTMENT of Housing and Public Work's spokesperson confirmed that the department contacted Ms Roma.

"In the interests of her personal safety and the security of her property, the department advised Ms Roma to exercise caution continuing with her plans," the spokesman said.

"The department acknowledges that it is ultimately Ms Roma's decision who she invites into her home."

EARLIER: WILSONTON Heights resident Cindy Roma is outraged by the Department of Housing and Public Work's move to shut down her Christmas lunch plans.

Ms Roma has offered to open her house to homeless people and to serve them a free lunch on Christmas day.

She told her story to The Chronicle in today's edition.

The kind gesture, however, was met with negativity from the department which owns her house.

Ms Roma said a representative from the local office contacted her, encouraging her not to go ahead with her lunch.

"I am really, really hurt," she said.

"She said to me, 'if I invite people to my house to make sure it doesn't get out of hand'.

"I'm inviting people over for lunch, not to live with me."

Ms Roma said wrong assumptions were made about her.

"This isn't a grog party," she said.

"She said it was best to let the police know if I plan to have a lot of people around.

"But it is Christmas.

"Everyone has a lot of people around for lunch at Christmas time."

However, Ms Roma said she had also received positive phone calls from people offering support.

"I've had phone calls from people offering to bring tables and chairs, and paper plates," she said.

The office of Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander has been approached for a comment.

Topics:  christmas, department of housing and public works, lunch, tim mander, toowoomba




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