Col­lege to open in vi­brant hub

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL char­lie. peel@ news. com. au

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.

“We feel

that

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.”

Knight Frank

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.”

Pic­ture: SCOTT RADFORD- CHISHOLM

SUP­PORT: Cam­pus man­ager Leanne Garrett ( cen­tre)

with trainer Greg Latham and agent Renee Ni­col.

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