Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

SLA Bid Turned Down by Council; Ruled ,Cynot a Proper Tender'

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

SLA Bid Turned Down by Council; Ruled ,Cynot a Proper Tender'

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Byline: JENNA CAIRNEY and SHANNON NEWLEY

DESPITE almost a year of campaigning, the Slade Lives Again (SLA) group had its tender for the historic campus rejected by Southern Downs Regional Council yesterday.

At the general meeting in Stanthorpe, a two-part resolution was moved to reject the SLA tender on the basis C[pounds sterling]it was not a proper tenderC[yen].

The second part of the resolution moved that further negotiations would happen between council and the second tender, Christian Community Ministries, owners of Warwick Christian College.

The result of the second tender will be decided following those negotiations.

While the discussion was conducted behind closed doors, it was a solemn council that voted in front of a public gallery consisting of members of the press as well as SLA members, such as Doug Cutmore.

There was no discussion but a voting division was called.

Mayor Ron Bellingham, deputy mayor Cr Peter Blundell and Cr Neil Meiklejohn voted against the two-part recommendation, while all other councillors voted in favour.

The news was met with bitter disappointment and anger from members of SLA, though the news will likely to be welcomed by Christian Community Ministries, which will now negotiate its terms.

Ian Perkins, from the SLA group, slammed the elected officials for their decision, saying they had no capacity for forward thinking.

C[pounds sterling]Except for maybe one or two, they are monkeys in there,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]It's disappointing but we did the best we could do to put together a good case.

C[pounds sterling]Our approach was unconventional and it looked a long way ahead.C[yen]

He said he was concerned not just for the future of the school, but for the future of the region under its leaders.

C[pounds sterling]It's disappointing to see where our community will be heading in the future,C[yen] Mr Perkins said.

C[pounds sterling]If there is any justice they (the councillors) will all go (at the next election). …

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