Earthworks have begun at the fire station site on the edge of Wooroolin

October 19, 2020

Preliminary work has begun on the construction of the new Wooroolin Fire Station after initial confusion last year about the fate of the project.

Earthworks have begun at the site, on the northern edge of Wooroolin township.

A QFES spokesperson said construction was due to be completed in March or April 2021.

There had been confusion over whether the $1.4 million project would go ahead after money was allocated in the 2018-19 State Budget but none in subsequent Budgets.

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.”

At that time, Mr Crawford said the construction had been deferred due to “greater priorities in the QFES North Coast Region”.

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