Land ap­proved

Coun­cil sup­ports de­vel­op­ment for Childers Men’s Shed fa­cil­ity de­spite lo­cal high school ob­jec­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

HARD ROAD: Rudy Stak­en­burg, pres­i­dent Rob Dight and sec­re­tary David Wil­son at Childers Men’s Shed new site at North St.

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