Before and after photos of the Fire/SES Station build
Locals have voiced disappointment with the destruction of so many trees from the Fire/SES Station site.
We asked why so many trees were removed and why the community wasn’t advised? We also queried why the station wasn’t built with/next to the ambulance station on the corner of Carlo Road and Karoonda St.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) spokesperson has advised, “QFES consulted the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) on plans to upgrade the Rainbow Beach Fire Station, including any potential tree clearing, prior to site work commencing.
“A number of trees were identified as having significance to the BAC and are being relocated to adjoining land at the rear of the site with the remainder approved for removal. Representatives from the BAC will remain on site for the first two weeks of construction to ensure all trees of cultural significance are appropriately managed.
“The site is being cleared to accommodate a new combined Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and State Emergency Service (SES) facility to meet growth and service demand in the area.
“Though an additional location was considered on the corner of Carlo Road and Karoonda St, the site on Rainbow Beach Road was approved as it was already the location of the Fire and Rescue Station, lessened the environmental impact and achieved enhanced response times.
“QFES will continue to work with the BAC throughout the building process to lessen the impact on the environment and ensure trees of cultural significance are relocated safely.”
The Community News is awaiting further answers.