Rebuild begins at Dalby State School
NEARLY 12 months on from the devastating fire that ripped through Dalby State School, work has begun to construct buildings where the administration block and music room once stood.
Principal Mona Anau said the school was forever grateful for Dalby's continued support over the past year.
"I'm happy to announce the rebuild for Dalby State School has commenced," Ms Anau said.
"Thank you to the wider community for your ongoing support after the fire, which destroyed our front building in April last year."
The Anzac Day fire in 2017 made national headlines, with a team of 16 firefighters needed to contain the blaze.
Crews from Cecil Plains and Toowoomba were called out to help.
The fire is believed to have started about 12.30am and took six hours to put out.
Ms Anau said everyone within the school community was looking forward to what the future held.
"It has been a long process but Dalby State School is excited that construction has commenced and Dalby State School's students, staff and parents are looking forward to using the new facility once it is completed," she said.
"Dalby State School will be sharing more information regarding the rebuild in the near future."
Dalby Rural Supplies was one of the countless businesses that held a fundraiser for the school, with business partners John Cullen and Andrew Johnston presenting a cheque worth just over $5000.
"It's fantastic to see them starting to build ... Andrew went to the school and we've had other staff that were students there, along with some children of staff members," Mr Cullen said.
Education Minister Grace Grace has welcomed the start of construction on the facility.
"I know the Dalby community was rocked last year when their beloved heritage-listed school building burned to the ground," Ms Grace said.
"This was a devastating event which really brought the already close-knit Dalby community together.
"I am delighted that work has now commenced to rebuild the school, with the Palaszczuk Government investing $6.6 million to deliver a new school building.
"The new two-storey building will include five classrooms, a music room, an outdoor learning area and administration spaces."
Ms Grace said the entire school community, including the Parents and Citizens Association, was involved in the design and planning of the new building.
"With work now underway, the new building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018," she said.