News

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



A town hall by another name

An early photo of the Ipswich Post Office, School of Arts and Bank of Australasia in Brisbane St.

1850s: Calls ring out for a School of Arts to be established in city

It's bigger and better than ever

HONOURED: Past winner Leigh-Anne Hargreaves with her work "Poppy Bella”.

Ipswich Art awards return

Generous pay cheque for dull ideas

Australia Post.

I wouldn't mind $4.4 million a year

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

WARNING: 'Sardine city' is on Ipswich's horizon

CONCERNED: The implications of the State's move to denser housing developments has Cr David Pahlke up in arms.

But Antoniolli says council can manage State's denser housing edict

Grand re-launch for new Nolan's Corner

GRAND PARTY: Wayne Kemp and Angela Love from Poison Arrow, Eliza Woodruffe from Limestone Emporium, Tess Claris from Voice Hair and Beauty and Kim Schubel from Schudio will all be at the grand launch party.

A feat worth celebrating

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!