Eager volunteers Graham Buchner, Ron Farrell and Ev and John Eastwell plan the route of their leaflet drop as they step up their fight to save Slade campus.
Eager volunteers Graham Buchner, Ron Farrell and Ev and John Eastwell plan the route of their leaflet drop as they step up their fight to save Slade campus.

SOS: Save Our Slade

YOU may have been slightly alarmed if you opened your letterbox this week and found a yellow letter with SOS marked in big red letters.

And a little bit of alarm is exactly what distributors hoped to achieve as their campaign to save Slade School Campus from the hands of developers was given one last thrust.

The group, which is co-ordinated by former teacher Margaret McKinnon and comprised of a variety of former pupils, current users, parents and other individuals, is now posting flyers around town as well as gathering signatures for a second petition asking council not to seek tenders for Slade’s sale.

Graham Buchner, who is involved in the campaign, said plenty of land was already subdivided and available for developers, including plots at Tooth Street and Bracker Road.

“These subdivisions aren’t even being developed. Why do we need more?” he said.

Petition number one was given to local MP Lawrence Springborg earlier this month to table in parliament, and asked that State Government purchase Slade to use it as a second campus for Warwick State High School.

However, the Department of Education and Training has said it has no interest in the campus.

This second stage of the campaign urges council to keep Slade, which is used by organisations such as Warwick and District Country Music Club and church groups, for community use.

They say last financial year, the income from groups using the facilities was $122,693 and this amount could be increased with marketing.

It also means, if the Education Department changes its mind, it leaves the site open as a possibility.

And the group has gathered support from some esteemed sources, receiving sponsorship from companies like C M Fraser & Sons Livestock Transport, Wickham Freightlines, B&K Motors and Ryanie for Tyres.

As well as the leaflet drop, the final open day will be held at Slade on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Open Day

To see Slade Campus for yourself, head along to the next open day run by community members.

When: This Saturday, November 13

Time: 10am – 3pm



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