Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Family Takes Up Jackie Howe; after 18 Months on the Market, Rose City Motel Has Changed Hands

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Family Takes Up Jackie Howe; after 18 Months on the Market, Rose City Motel Has Changed Hands

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Emma Boughen

reporter

FAMILY was the driving force behind the Roberts family's move to Warwick and taking over of the lease for the Jackie Howe Motel.

Just over three weeks ago the family of six traded in their home of almost 12 years at Rosewood for a life as managers of one of Warwick's most iconic motels, which had spent 18 months on the market.

"When Jazmine (14 months) came along Carrissa was either going to have to stay home or we put Jazmine in daycare," said Carrissa's husband Nathan Roberts.

"This allows us to work from home - it's a better environment for the kids."

Mrs Roberts said the family had looked at the Jackie Howe motel some years back but didn't take it up because it wasn't the right time.

"So when we saw it again I thought it must be a sign and my sister and her husband (Wendy and Bernie Ryan) live here," she said.

While in Rosewood Mr Roberts worked for the Governor General's office as a security advisor while Carissa took on a number of projects including a five-year stint owning and managing the Coominya pub and running a confectionary shop in the main street of Rosewood.

"We loved Rosewood but it's just not the town it used to be and there were no opportunities to manage a motel," Mr Roberts said.

Since moving to town Mr and Mrs Roberts said they've started settling into Warwick life, but that it was a matter of finding a routine that fit.

"It's long hours, but after we've done our cleaning on Saturday we've made a rule that we don't do any office work and just spend time together, otherwise you just don't stop," Mr Roberts said.

"You've just got to find that normal life. And we're getting faster at cleaning the rooms.

"What's good though is that even though you start at 6.30am and don't finish until 8pm there's breaks in that time where you've still spent time with the kids. …

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