Chris Potter  supports the school being used in the community along with Save Our Slade committee member Betty May.
Chris Potter supports the school being used in the community along with Save Our Slade committee member Betty May.

Support for campaign to save Slade

MOMENTUM is building to save the iconic Slade campus.

The second Save Our Slade open day at the weekend generated plenty of interest with supporters adding their names to the petition.

Among the visitors doing their bit to stop the school from being demolished was Samantha O’Neil, who fondly recalls two years attending high school there before it was shut down.

“It could be utilised better by the community. The facilities are too good to lose,” Mrs O’Neil said.

In the first hour there were more than 130 people on the grounds, seeing the facilities firsthand and showing their support for the movement to save the campus.

New Rose City resident Chris Potter couldn’t resist taking a second look at what could possibly be an estate in the future, and wanted to help stop it being knocked down.

Passionate resident Madonna Pacek came to the open day with her mother, who remembered the boom days of the school.

“I am here because I am concerned,” Ms Pacek said.

Ms Pacek believed it was a good buy for the Southern Downs Regional Council and that it was an important asset to the region which could be used for schooling or community events.

“I would hate to see it all knocked down and filled with houses,” Ms Pacek said.

“My mother’s family have lived here since the late 1900s and she can remember the great days of Slade from years ago.

“It would be a shame to see it wasted.”

Her mother, Maureen Ellings, said it was important to keep it going for the people of Warwick.

“Even if it is used for a civic centre, something should go here for the community,” Mrs Ellings said.

“It’s too important to let it go to waste.”


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