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Isis Town and Country - - News - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthewm­cin­er­

EMO­TIONS could dis­rupt any mes­sage sent out about the dis­pute over North St.

The big­gest is­sue is Isis High could lose one of the most at­trac­tive pro­grams in its cur­ricu­lum.

In an ideal world, Isis High (or the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion) would have end­less funds and be in a po­si­tion to pur­chase the land from the coun­cil.

This would then put the school in a po­si­tion to mar­ket it­self as a school with one of the more unique pro­grams in the re­gion: a se­ries of agri­cul­tural classes tai­lored to lo­cal needs and taught by lo­cal ex­perts, which utilises strong part­ner­ships with com­mu­nity groups (in this case, the Fruit and Veg­etable Grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion).

As bad as that is, Childers is in dire need of a Men’s Shed, and the mes­sage must be clear that there is ab­so­lutely no op­po­si­tion to the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Men’s Sheds have be­come an im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tion in towns across the coun­try as it has gone some way to ad­dress­ing the male pop­u­la­tion’s men­tal health is­sues - which do ex­ist, but are not talked about.

This is purely about the land.

Many peo­ple have their own opin­ion about this is­sue, and ev­ery sin­gle one of those peo­ple must con­tact the coun­cil with their view - good or bad.

Phone the coun­cil on 1300 883 699 or go to bund­ be­fore May 29 to have your say.

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