Group buoyed by public support
THE Slade Lives Again group met at Slade Hall yesterday to finalise its tender to the Southern Downs Regional Council for the school campus.
President Ian Perkins said his group was putting in a tender to the council with a business plan which would mean Slade Lives Again would be covering redemption and interest at market rates in five years.
“We want the council to provide vendor finance and we will pay it back over a long period of time,” Mr Perkins said.
Tenders close on September 1 for the two groups that have expressed interest. The group needs to raise a deposit of $20,000 by September 1.
Mr Perkins is confident the target will be reached.
“We have already raised $15,000,” he said.
At the beginning of yesterday’s meeting, Mr Perkins told the crowd of 50 that a community survey in Rose City Shoppingworld found 74% wanted to keep Slade.
“A total of 23% stated they wanted it kept for education. A third wanted it as an extension of the high school,” he said.
The final 3% wanted the complex sold.
Mr Perkins is pleased with the community support as he believes the decision by the regional council would ultimately be political.
“We want residents to put pressure on the council and councillors to keep the facility for community use,” he said.
Slade Lives Again supporter Doug Madsen said it would be stupid to sell Slade School and take it away from the community because Glennie Heights badly needed more parks.
Neil McKinnon said there was no land left in the CBD as a site for a civic centre.
“This is the nearest land,” he said
“Much of the land east of Albion St is on a flood plain.”
Dorothy Peters said the CBD was short of parking already so a civic centre behind the town hall wasn’t an option.