WILL THE FLOOR BREAK BENEATH YOU?
WHAT exactly is wrong with the floors in the cultural centre?
As reported in the Isis Town and Country last week, the Bundaberg Regional Council said the floors needed replacing and would cost in the vicinity of $100,000.
But as the floors appear to be fine on face value, questions have been asked about why the floor needed replacing.
Childers divisional representative Tony Ricciardi said the issue with the floors lay below the surface.
“The floor is the original floor of the cultural centre and it’s been there over 35 years or so,” Cr Ricciardi said.
“It’s been sanded down a couple of times and every time you sand a floor, you take a millimetre or so of timber and the boards get thinner and thinner.
“But, in saying that, it’s still got a bit of life left in it. It’s not at the critical stage of collapsing, it can carry the weight and so forth,” he said.
Cr Ricciardi’s comment was in contrast to that of the council’s general manager of Community Gavin Steele, who was last week quoted as saying the floors were a liability for the major user of the hall, the TSFK Childers Karate Club.
“Potentially, the floor could break under a participant, causing injury,” Mr Steele said.
President of the TSKF Childers Karate Club John Russo felt the comment shifted the blame onto the club.
“To suggest that we are breaking the floor boards I think is a fair stretch of the truth,” Mr Russo said.
“The perception we’re getting after the article is that the karate club is damaging the floors and there’s nothing further from the truth.
“No one’s ever gone through a floor board. The odd one breaks and that’s not our doing, it’s just the nature of what happens,” he said.
Cr Ricciardi confirmed some floor boards had been replaced in the hall.
“There’s been a few cracks and we’ve had to replace some boards, but you can’t replace them with new boards, you’ve got to sand that board to suit the floor (level).”
He said there was “probably” no sanding left in the floor.
“It might only have a couple of years’ – two to three years’ – life left in it,” Cr Ricciardi said.
“So the next time it needs replacing, it will need a total new floor.” Mr Russo agreed. “I honestly don’t believe it needs a new floor anyway,” he said.
He believed other items ranked higher on the list.
“There are maintenance issues that need to happen on the hall. I believe the roof is leaking, there are a lot of things and they are major maintenance issues that the council should be addressing,” he said.
Mr Russo felt the club, if granted management rights, would be able to maintain the hall better than the council.
“We should be able to achieve more than the council could through our funding applications, and the money that we get from the cost of rent we could turn back into the hall,” he said.
But Mr Russo said if the conditions of managing the hall were too “onerous”, the club would not continue with its tender for management.
“At the end of the day, there’s got to be something in it for our club or otherwise why would we do it?” he said.
Cr Ricciardi said he was “fully supportive” of involving the community in looking after some of their own infrastructure, but said it was no easy task.
“To get them to take management rights on is a big responsibility,” he said.
Cr Ricciardi said he hoped the council found a “suitable applicant” to manage the Isis Cultural Centre.
“I know we’ve got one group who’s put a submission in (the Childers TSFK Karate Club) so we’ll see who else comes out of the woodwork,” Cr Ricciardi said.
FLOORED: The Childers TSKF Karate-do team at the National Titles in Tanunda, South Australia. The members use the Isis Cultural Centre for classes.