Firies in Conway cheering
AFTER a long battle the Conway fire station was opened by the QFES district inspector last month.
Longstanding supporter of the station Deputy Mayor John Collins and Member for Dawson George Christensen were at the opening to see District Inspector Robert Downy declare the station open, much to the delight of the crowd made up of Conway and Whitsunday residents.
Geoff Reudavey has been a longtime advocate of the Conway Rural Fire Brigade Station.
When receiving the opening plaque Mr Reudavey thanked all those who were involved in making the community asset a reality.
Two long-serving members of the brigade, Trevor Parsons and Ken Graetz, received certificates of merit and appreciation from Downy.
Patron and driver of the project, Mr Reudavey said it had been a struggle to get the project completed.
"(But) I am really pleased with the result.
"It is a huge community asset," he said.
Funding came for the station from the QFRS, the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the Conway Rural Fire Brigade.
The final stage of the project will be getting power on at the station.
Mr Reudavey was dismayed to learn Ergon Energy wanted $20,000 to install a transformer on a pole.
It is for this reason the station will install batteries and solar panels in the coming months.
"It is so good to see it standing there now and it will be there for a long, long time," Mr Reudavey said.