Another group arrived in Warwick yesterday to inspect Slade Campus.
Another group arrived in Warwick yesterday to inspect Slade Campus. Emma Channon

New group sees Slade

LESS than three weeks after a helicopter-clad group touched down at Slade Oval for a tour of the campus, a second group arrived at Massie Aerodrome yesterday to have a sticky beak round Glennie Heights’ Slade Campus.

The group – representatives of an international airline company – arrived in a slick light aircraft at the aerodrome. The name of their company is not known but it is believed to be Asian-based.

They were greeted by Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) economic development officer John Randall and a council corporate services officer before they were given a tour around the campus and through Warwick.

The group was brought to Warwick by members of the State Government department Invest and Trade Queensland.

SDRC CEO Rod Ferguson said the group “had heard about Slade” like other pilot training groups council had spoken to over the years and approached council.

“To my knowledge, we haven’t had any dealings with (this company),” he said.

“We’re not dealing with them now. They’ve asked for an opportunity through the State Government and we’ve had officers show them around.”

Mr Ferguson said this was the first time a group had approached council via the State Government. He said the group was told a tender process was well under way.

“We made it clear no-one else can tender and said they couldn’t be involved until council had received the tenders and made a decision.”

The two tenderers – Slade Lives Again Group and Warwick Christian College – have until September 1 to submit their proposals.



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