WHILE walking up to the main street this morning (May 5, 2015) I saw a notice on a part of the Isis High School fence in North St re proposal for a change of area for the building of a Men’s Shed. Currently this is – and has always been – part of the IDSHS agriculture plot. It was sold to the previous Isis Shire Council by the Education Dept some years ago with the idea that it was going to be for the new Aquatic centre. It was also going to require the purchasing of other land, which I believe has still not happened, and moving the agricultural centre away from the main school Having previously been employed at the IDSHS for a number of years, I know the difficulties now of a split campus and the time lost of travelling between areas both for students and teachers and others employed there. Losing more of this area means that the students, a number of whom come from rural areas, are now going to lose more of the agricultural teaching at IDSHS. The Childers vegetable and fruit growers have contributed large amounts of money and time in providing a large covered area and also expertise on growing and propagating. And so this Men’s Shed being built on this land will necessitate losing more of this area. Can the council not have it built somewhere else? The old basketball courts maybe in Pizzey St? Surely we have another area that will not mean disadvantaging our young people further. We need more young people on the land, so where do they go to learn? Previously I thought that the Men’s shed was to be built at the Childers Showgrounds. What happened to that proposal? Looking at the proposal I noticed also that it will be facing along what was previously part of Lord St. It was renamed West St some years ago by the previous council and has a street sign of that name. Someone has not done their homework. If we do not speak up now our young ones will miss out.
Diane Styles Childers