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Demolition dirty merly been a tennis shelter and a play shed at the old Swanfels State School. They were moved to the district’s Pioneer Park in the early 1980s. Swanfels locals believe that had they been consulted about the condition of the shelters, they would have banded together and fixed them as a community project. They have questioned the lack of a

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from the site had been put aside for the Warwick and District Historical Society. “The unsalvageable material would have been taken by the contractor to the Warwick Waste Management Facility for disposal,” the spokeswoman said. Continued page 3

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resolution on the demolition by councillors and the fact no tenders were called for the job. They also queried as to what happened to historic items from the shelters - including a branding post - and any undamaged timbers and roofing sheets. A council spokeswoman told the Free Times “salvageable material”

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Memorabilia from the demolished shelter sheds at Swanfels’ Pioneer Park east of Warwick has been placed in safe storage, the Southern Downs Regional Council says. The historic shelters were demolished on Friday 20 January, just two days after the council announced in a

statement they were “devastated” by termite damage and were structurally “unsound”. Equally devastated are Swanfels and surrounding residents, who are furious at the lack of notice the council gave about the demolition - and a lack of community consultation. The timber and iron-roofed sheds, both more than a century old, had for-

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