Sentiment strong for Slade
ON HER way through the Rose City Shoppingworld to buy a lotto ticket yesterday morning, a community member vowed to use the $30 million windfall she was hoping to receive to purchase Slade and hand it over to the Slade Lives Again group.
President Ian Perkins said the woman’s sentiment, albeit unlikely to come to fruition, were those he often saw mirrored throughout the community.
This week representatives from the group have manned an elaborate display inside the shopping centre, depicting the past, present and possible future of the site, to which many Warwickites hold a special connection.
Spilling over six boards are countless numbers of photos and extensive information educating passers-by on why the group is so passionate about preserving the campus.
Those who took time to view the display were also able to provide feedback to be handed to council and were given the option to sign a card pledging not to re-elect councillors who sell the campus out of the community.
Despite the cards, Mr Perkins said many councillors have been very supportive of the group’s position, even stopping by to view the display.
“We feel really positive about the council response and this has broadened the level of interest in the community,” he said.
“We are doing this to get information to the council on the level of community support so they realise there will be a strong community backlash if its sold outside the community,” he said.
Fellow member Ev Eastwell manned the display alongside Mr Perkins and said she had been able to open the eyes of many people to the potential the former school grounds still hold.
She said although the campus was used most days of the week, a large portion of the community did not fully understand what was on offer at the site.
The display will be positioned outside of Bi-Lo for the rest of the week.