Land dis­pute

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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

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