Interest in Slade Campus
THE Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has received three brand new inquiries about redevelopment of Slade Campus – including as an international school – but is remaining tight-lipped about who they are from.
The news follows the release earlier this year of a draft business plan for the site which it bought from the Anglican Church for $3.65 million in 2007.
Other proposals for Slade, including a Chinese pilot training school and an Indian medicine university remain officially on the table but no firm progress has been made.
Council will hear presentations from the three groups at an upcoming meeting.
Chief executive officer Rod Ferguson said three groups had approached council with their thoughts on the future of Slade after the council sought community comment on the draft business plan.
“The mayor and council staff have met with representatives of the Past Students’ Association, a representative of an organisation proposing to use the campus as an international school and local developers who are interested in the community aspect of the site,” Mr Ferguson said.
“From here, council will listen to presentations on each group’s vision for the future of Slade and we’re inviting the public to come along and listen as well,” he said.
Mr Ferguson flagged some of the issues raised during the consultation period as the future use of Mayhew Oval, development of the site for residential uses and community use of the existing buildings for arts and cultural centres.
The business plan offers three alternative options including disposal of the entire site for residential purposes.
Copies of the plan are available at council offices or online at www.southerndowns.qld.gov.au.
The public presentations will be held on Friday, March 12, at 2pm. RSVP to 4661 0356 by Wednesday, March 10.