Slade Campus
Slade Campus

Council quiet on price

THE final bill for the sale of Slade Campus has been agreed, but Southern Downs Regional Council officers say they can't reveal the figure.

While contracts have still not been signed between council and Slade Campus purchaser Christian Community Ministries (CCM), a figure has been agreed.

Suggestions are councillors would not accept less than the $3.65 million the council spent buying it from the Anglican Church in 2007.

Slade Lives Again Group's Ian Perkins, who was involved in the hard-fought battle to keep the historic campus in public hands, said he thinks the sale price and contract details should be in the public domain.

"It's dealing with funds and resources that belong to the community," Mr Perkins said.

"We're watching the progress of negotiations and are looking forward to the outcome.

"If the Christian College does eventually purchase it we'll be seeing how the community can perhaps still use it in the future."

Council CEO Rod Ferguson said it had an agreement in principal with CCM, owners of Warwick Christian College, to buy Slade School Campus, however contracts are not signed at this point.

"Details of the agreement are commercial in confidence," he said.

"Council is proceeding to finalise contracts with CCM and expects to be able to release details once contracts are finalised and completed."

Even if the $3.65 million is received for the sale, the purchase of the campus will still have cost the ratepayers dearly with significant losses recorded over the years.

It is not yet known when the contracts will be finalised but the Warwick Christian College is already, as part of a separate process, applying for accreditation to add secondary schooling.

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