WHEN Wowan State School officially opened the doors of its renovated classroom, it was a bittersweet victory for Sib Torrisi.
Chairman of the building committee and acting president of the P&C Mr Torrisi said they had to fight all the way to ensure they got value for money.
"If we hadn't done what we did, we would be looking at demountable buildings with a longevity of only 25 years," Mr Torrisi said.
"The original contractors tried to force a demountable building on us at $3800 a square metre instead of a building that at the time was $1400 a square metre.
"We fought it all the way and we had to say no.
"A representative from the company came to our school," he said.
"One of the representatives actually punched the table and said if we didn't sign the contract for the demountable building by March the funds would possibly not be available, which really put a fight in this group.
"We stood our ground, we went to the Australian Taskforce, which was very appreciative of what the Federal Government had set up.
"The Australian Taskforce looked at it, then we had the deputy director-general come to talk to us," he said.
This resulted in builders tendering for the project.
"They told us at the beginning no one was interested in tendering but ... 11 builders turned up."
At the opening, Mr Torrisi said he had lodged a complaint with the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
"I want Premier Campbell Newman and our local member, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, to have a royal commission into the implementation of the BER.
"In my opinion, millions of dollars have been misappropriated and nothing has been done about it.
"At one stage, the bureaucrats got a builder out from Rockhampton to price a conventional building like we have here and we were told it came in at $960,000, which in their terms justified a demountable building.
"We refused to accept that and the tenders were called," Mr Torrisi said.
"The particular company that put $960,000 in tendered for $705,000 so the question has to be asked: 'How is this possible?'
"The conventional building here now will last us 50-60 years," Mr Torrisi said.
"It has been an exhausting process and I just don't feel we should have been put through this."