Christmas in the Maranoa
Maranoa Christmas Street Party
With entertainment set to rock around the Christmas tree, McDowall Street will be the place to be!
Enjoy the magic of Christmas on Thursday, 2 December for the Maranoa Christmas Street Party. There will lots on offer from acrobatic elves to stilt walkers and drawing of the Shop Local Competition where four lucky winners will take home some fabulous prizes.
As you wander through the main street of Roma, Deputy Mayor Geoff McMullen said there will be something for everyone at this year’s Council Christmas Street Party.
“Keep your eye out for Santa as he will make his way from the North Pole to Roma offering free Santa photos,” Cr McMullen said.
“It will be a night not to miss with live entertainment, festive activities, the official lighting of the Christmas Tree and plenty of food!
“Stores in the Roma CBD will remain open plus a great variety of market stalls will be on offer to help with all your shopping needs.
“Make sure you join in on all the fun from 5pm to 8:30pm.”
For those residents who may not have the ability to provide a meal for themselves or their family, they are invited to pre-order a free ‘street food’ style Christmas meal to enjoy with other community members at the Street Party. Limited meals are available for children (ages 3-10) and youth/adults (ages 11+).
This year's Christmas meal is being held in place of the Christmas Luncheon.
Meal orders are required by Friday, 19 November. To order your meal please call Council’s Customer Service Team on 1300 007 662. Location of your meal pick-up will be provided at time of reservation. Pick-up is required between 5pm and 5.45pm on Thursday, 2 December.
Council would like to thank all the sponsors of the Maranoa Christmas Street Party, including, CommTel, Senex, Meals on Wheels Roma, Upstream Production Solutions, Pete’s Place, Taylor’s Mechanical Services, Vanderfield, Brown and Hurley, Knights Smash Repairs, Origin Energy and Ezyquip Hire Roma.
As the holiday season quickly approaches and Christmas shopping becomes high on the priority list, Council is encouraging residents to “Think Local First this Christmas” and purchase gifts locally.
“Think Local First this Christmas” is an initiative of Maranoa Regional Council, in partnership with local businesses and the community that offers customers the chance to win some awesome prizes!
Thanks to the generosity of local donations, the exciting prizes on offer this year are:
· Major Prize 1: Outdoor Dining Set, BBQ and Gazebo valued at $2000 (donated by Sunshine Mitre 10 Roma)
· Major Prize 2: Sealy Queen Bed Package valued at $2000 (donated by Roma Betta Home Living)
· Prize 3: Gardening & Lawn Care Package valued at $1500 (donated by Roma Home Timber & Hardware)
· Prize 4: $500 Shop Local Dollars (donated by Roma Commerce & Tourism)
To enter the competition, spend $10 or more in one transaction at a participating business in the Maranoa, scan the QR code available at the store of purchase and enter your details. If you are unable to scan the QR code, present your original receipt to any Maranoa Regional Council, Customer Service Centre for your chance to enter.
The campaign is now underway, and shoppers have until 7:30pm on Thursday, 2 December to get their entries submitted. The winners will be drawn at the Maranoa Region, Street Christmas Party on Thursday, 2 December 2021.
Council would like to thank all the sponsors of the Maranoa Christmas Street Party, including, CommTel, Senex, Meals on Wheels Roma, Upstream Production Solutions, Pete’s Place, Taylor’s Mechanical Services, Vanderfield, Brown and Hurley and Knights Smash Repairs.
For more information and terms and conditions, click here.
‘Tis the season to be merry as Council begins accepting monetary donations from Monday, 25 October until Friday, 26 November for this year’s Christmas Relief Appeal.
Council is continuing its partnership with Salvation Army to offer Christmas Relief to households in need of extra support during the holiday season. Toys and food relief cards will be available to eligible households within the Maranoa.
If you would like to help those in our community and spread a little Christmas joy, donations can be made:
- Online at https://christmas-appeal2021.eventbrite.com.au
- In person at any Council Customer Service Centre
- By cheque payable to Maranoa Regional Council (mail to: PO Box 620 Roma QLD 4455)
Mayor Tyson Golder said this is a fantastic opportunity for residents to spread Christmas cheer across our region by supporting those who fall on hard times at Christmas.
For those in need of Christmas Relief support
If you are in need of a helping hand in the way of toys and food relief, please request an appointment with Community Support prior to Wednesday, 10 November. To arrange an appointment contact Customer Service on 1300 007 662 or enter your details at https://forms.office.com/r/NhPfXhJUhh
Confidential and short in-person appointments will be held in Roma, Mitchell, Surat, Injune, and Yuleba in late November. For those unable to attend in-person, a phone appointment may be requested.
To be eligible, applicants must hold or be eligible for a Health Care Card, are a low income earner facing financial distress, or due to unforeseen circumstances are facing financial insecurity. Proof of income is required for the appointment (payslips or Centrelink statement).
For those in acute need of emergency relief
If you are in immediate need of Emergency Relief, below is a list of ongoing Emergency Relief services:
- Anglicare 1300 114 397
- Salvos Connect 1300 371 288
- St. Vincent de Paul Helpline 1800 846 643
You may also contact your local service provider about accessing local emergency food support or attend Roma Salvation Army’s weekly Free Food Market.