Con­sul­ta­tion needed

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

WHAT is the long-term plan for Childers? I was read­ing a re­cent edi­tion of Isis Town and Coun­try and no­ticed coun­cil­lor Tony Ric­cia­rdi has an­nounced Mil­len­nium Park is to be up­graded at a cost of $150,000. Fan­tas­tic, but where is the plan and, most im­por­tantly, where was the com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion? Then again, we read that Lions Dr is to be revamped and re­planted with a low-main­te­nance gar­den ap­proach, in­clud­ing a name change to Ro­tary-Lions Dr. Then we have Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett pledg­ing $300,000 for a ther­a­peu­tic pool to be built within the Isis pool grounds. Well, goodbye to us ever build­ing an aquatic park to in­clude a 25m heated/ un­der­cover pool on the grounds that have been put aside be­hind Cres­cent St. The orig­i­nal pool site was to be sold off to fund the new aquatic park. By build­ing the new ther­a­peu­tic pool on the old pool grounds, it will just elim­i­nate that ven­ture. Speak­ing to Stephen Ben­nett, he is in favour of the new site and that the com­mu­nity should de­cide. So come on, let us have a say! It is true that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, and this could not be more true than right now. I am in favour of all the above items for Childers and it is fan­tas­tic we could re­ceive this fund­ing, if all pans out right. How­ever, there are many peo­ple ask­ing me the ques­tions I have raised above. Please open up the chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­sult on a weekly ba­sis within the lo­cal pa­pers and give us a look at the plans for each of the above projects be­fore you make the de­ci­sions for our com­mu­nity. Troy Ma­dle Childers

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