January 21, 2020
Wooroolin firies shouldn’t give up on dreams of a new station … the State Government has promised construction will occur.
The 2018-19 State Budget included an allocation of $800,000 out of a $1.4 million total for a new fire station in the town.
But no work began on the project, and there was no mention of any allocation in the 2019-20 State Budget.
This prompted Member for Nanango, Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, to quiz Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford in Parliament about what was happening.
Mr Crawford’s reply to the Question on Notice stated that construction of the Wooroolin Replacement Auxiliary Station would begin in 2020-21 and be completed in 2021-22.
“I am advised by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) that the Wooroolin Replacement Auxiliary Station is in the forward QFES Capital Works Plan,” Mr Crawford wrote.
“The sum of $800,000 was allocated in the 2018-19 Budget Paper 3 for the Wooroolin Replacement Auxiliary Station with $600,000 to be allocated post 2018-19.
“The build has been deferred because QFES has determined there are greater priorities in the QFES North Coast Region.”
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