Rivals submit their tenders

AFTER months of preparation the Slade Lives Again (SLA) group and Warwick Christian College will submit their tenders to the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) for the purchase of the Slade campus.

SLA’s vice-president Margaret McKinnon said the tender was ready to go and the group was celebrating with a launch party at the site Thursday night.

“We are very excited we are finally being able to lodge the tender,” he said.

“It has been a long journey and a hard one but a very worthwhile one and we just hope the councillors who are making the decision can see the vision we have.”

She said the tender put forward will be a conservative one with boarding projections expected to exceed the 10 per cent they outlined in the proposal.

CEO of Christian Community Ministries (CCM) said Warwick Christian College’s tender was also ready to go and he had every confidence it would be well received by council thanks to the strong financial position of CCM.

A council spokeswoman said she unsure exactly how the long the process would take but believed the council would be assessing and making a decision on the two tenders as soon as possible.

While other groups viewed the campus, only SLA and Warwick Christian College were the only ones to get their expressions of interest by council’s deadline and therefore were the only ones able to submit a tender.

SLA tender launch party is Thursday night at 6.30pm in the Slade dining hall. RSVP on 4661 2200 as soon as possible for catering purposes.

Light finger food will be served and a gold coin donation is being requested.



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