Station to be required with boom

AN EXPANDED Cherrabah Resort would be required to have a fire station if it reaches its projected permanent population of 3000 people, councillors agreed yesterday.

As reported last week, a Southern Downs Regional Council condition requiring an auxiliary fire station at the redeveloped resort was deleted after negotiation with Cherrabah owners, the China-based Joyful View Garden Real Estate Company.

The decision was based on advice from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) that Warwick urban and Killarney rural fire crews could deal with any outbreaks on the sprawling Elbow Valley property, also planned to cater for up to 2000 tourists at any time.

Councillors last week questioned the QFRS advice, agreeing unanimously that at the very least land should be designated to Cherrabah for a rural or auxiliary brigade made up of Cherrabah residents to operate a station.

The debate led to a meeting on Monday between QFRS personnel and council staff, which in turn led to the re-introduction of the fire station condition at yesterday's general council meeting.

A range of other conditions was also debated yesterday, with final details unavailable at time of printing last night.

The amended conditions will now go back to Joyful View, who will have the option of taken council to court if they refuse to accept the changes.


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