Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By LEAH KIDD Leah.Kidd@news-mail.com.au

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.

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