College to open in vibrant hub
THE upcoming opening of a new educational training facility in Kirwan reflects an ongoing trend of offices shifting to the suburb.
Compass College will open their newly leased 504sq m property on High Range Drive on August 10.
Campus manager Leanne Garrett said the company was looking forward to setting up shop in Townsville and providing their services to the local community.
Townsville has a lot to offer and we want to be a part of that,” Ms Garrett said. “We pride ourselves in education and offer many levels of support to our students.
“We are excited to be in the community but more so to be an important part of the Townsville community and to support however possible.”
Ms Garrett said the decision to move to lease in Kirwan came down to its proximity to other suburbs.
“We feel the location offers easy access for the surrounding areas,” Ms Garrett said.
“We want to be visible in the community and offer many the opportunity to study and enjoy the journey.”
leasing executive Renee Nicol said a number of businesses had sought large office space in Kirwan in the past few months.
“Compass College was specifically looking in Kirwan for about 300sq m, but there are not many options of that size in Kirwan.
“There’s a trend at the moment for large retail spaces being converted into offices in Kirwan to fill that demand.
“We’ve had a lot of inquiries in the 200sq m- plus size range.
“The Compass College premises was previously a retailer and they have a builder in at the moment, getting it ready for their opening.”
The former butcher was brought back to a shop bare shell and repainted before the conversion.
Ms Nicol said the ample parking and prominent corner tenancy in a strong commercial area contributed to the location’s appeal.
Compass College offers education programs for those looking to enhance their skills.
“We offer VET fee help diploma programs to students, many of whom are from challenged backgrounds and need a helping hand to turn their lives around through education,” Ms Garrett said.
“Students attend college to learn in a place they feel safe, where they can learn, socialise, make new friends and develop their future.”
SUPPORT: Campus manager Leanne Garrett ( centre)
with trainer Greg Latham and agent Renee Nicol.