Food van operators could use meal hall
By FRAZER PEARCE
ALLEGATIONS of "needy'' people turning up in taxis for a free meal were part of a city councillor's submission to move a mobile charity food van away from a North Rockhampton park.
The van is a free service run by the Second Chance Ministry. It provides 20 meals a night to the poor and the homeless when it stops outside Queen's Park off Glenmore Road. At this week's city council general purposes committee meeting Cr Stephen Schwarten (Division 4) said there had been complaints from residents in the Queen's Park area.
He said on a wet night last week the van had relocated to Welsh Street and caused access problems for residents.
"People arrive for a feed in taxis or late-model cars,'' Cr Schwarten said. Cr Rose Swadling agreed, saying it would be much better if they were fed in a hall. Co-ordinator for the food van Kathy Hill yesterday said they would love to have a hall available to serve meals.
Ms Hill denied seeing people arrive in taxis. Those arriving in cars were probably driven by Second Chance Ministry team members.
She said the van operated seven nights a week because "people were hungry every day of the week''.