Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Bushfire Risk for Mini City Fire Fears Ignite Row; Council Insists on Provision of Fire Station for New Development

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Bushfire Risk for Mini City Fire Fears Ignite Row; Council Insists on Provision of Fire Station for New Development

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Jeremy Sollars

Editor

A MASSIVE residential and tourism development at Cherrabah Resort east of Warwick which could house up to 4000 people does not need its own fire station, Southern Downs councillors were told yesterday.

At the last Planning and Environment Committee meeting of the current council, officers presented a 90-page report on the planned expansion of the Cherrabah resort by its Chinese owners.

The proposal Co which includes five-star hotels, luxury villas and an airstrip Co has been several years in the making and if it grows to its predicted size will be the third-largest community in the region, after Warwick and Stanthorpe.

In the best-case scenario, Cherrabah would have at least 2000 permanent residents and the capacity to house as many tourists.

The application was approved by council in June last year, with China-based owners the Joyful View Garden Real Estate Company objecting to dozens of conditions imposed by the council covering road upgrades, water and environmental issues.

Joyful View has since been in negotiation with the council over the bones of contention, with officers yesterday handing over their proposed changes which include major concessions on what the developers must provide.

But one item on which councillors were firm was council's insistence that an auxiliary fire station must be part of the redevelopment for safety reasons.

The condition had been deleted by council officers after they received advice from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) that Cherrabah could be adequately protected by fire crews from Warwick and Killarney.

Cr Cameron Gow Co who is active in Stanthorpe's rural fire service Co was adamant a station was non-negotiable, questioning if the QFRS officers who visited Cherrabah had C[pounds sterling]adequate informationC[yen] about the scale of the massive redevelopment. …

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