Call for responses to the Longreach Pastoral College website | Country life in Queensland
The Remote Planning and Development Council is calling for a decision on the future of the disused Longreach Pastoral College site, which will be discussed at this week’s outback Cabinet meeting.
Last year, the RAPAD board presented the government with a proposal for a new training and innovation center at the site and said the meeting to be held in Longreach on Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to resolve the problem.
Tony Rayner, chairman of the Remote Area Planning and Development Council and Mayor of Longreach, said the Queensland government in February last year announced financial support for a business case for RAPAD’s proposal for the district of the LPC site.
“The business case was provided to the government in July of last year and we know the government has worked hard to review it,” Councilor Rayner said.
“The Premier’s decision to bring her cabinet to Longreach provides a historic opportunity to make a historic decision about the future of the College site.
The college opened in 1967 but closed in 2018 following a review by the Queensland government.
Cr Rayner said that RAPAD met a series of large agricultural companies who had expressed an interest in tailor-made training specific to the retail industry, in accordance with the business plan that RAPAD submitted to the government.
He said that RAPAD had also successfully advocated for the former college premises to be used in the Australian government’s Drought Innovation Centers and that RAPAD had supported the establishment of the Telstra test call center.
“We have also made arrangements for the use of the premises by a range of groups, including accommodation for 18 visiting schools and tour groups,” he said.
“We have started to create premises with a multi-use environment, which we have always advocated.
“A decision now on the future of the College site would ensure that we could continue to ensure the transformation into a regional center for training and innovation.