Council supports development for Childers Men’s Shed facility despite local high school objection
AFTER a long and at times tumultuous journey, the Childers Men’s Shed has finally found its home.
At a Bundaberg Regional Council planning committee meeting on Tuesday, council approved the shed’s development application for the land at 3A North St.
Childers Men’s Shed president Rob Dight said the 15-member group was delighted with the outcome.
“At the meeting this morning, we had a gathering of the guys and we were over the moon,” Mr Dight said.
“It’s been a long, hard road and it’s finally come through for us.”
However, Isis District High School principal Allan Cook said the school was disappointed with the decision to change the use of the land to a Men’s Shed facility.
The school has used the council-owned parcel of land for its agriculture program, which the school said was now at risk and may have to be downsized.
“The school continues to advocate for all councillors to support 3A North St for the agricultural education of the young people of the Isis district,” Mr Cook said.
“The school congratulates the council on their decision to support the agricultural education of students at Gin Gin State High School by recommending land adjacent to their high school be used for that purpose.”
Mr Dight said he sympathised with the school’s plight.
“Naturally, being a parent and my wife was a school teacher, I hope the council helps the school find another location,” he said.
“We have done our best to try see if we can accommodate them after the shed is built.
“Bear in mind we also had a deadline with the grant we got from the government and if we didn’t build the shed within 12 months, it would take the money back.”
Isis divisional representative Tony Ricciardi said he would do everything he could to work with the school to help maintain the program.
“I have proposed some other parcels of land within walking distance of the school,” he said.
“I think there will have to be a bit of give and take here from the school.”
Council planning and development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said the development would be constructed in two stages.
“The first stage will comprise of a 15m by 10m shed and on-site car parking for 10 vehicles, which can be accessed via North St,” Mr Sommerfeld said.
“Stage two is a 5m by 10m extension to the eastern end of the building.”
Men’s Shed President Rob Dight It’s been a long, hard road and it’s finally come through for us.
HARD ROAD: Rudy Stakenburg, president Rob Dight and secretary David Wilson at Childers Men’s Shed new site at North St.