Winners and losers
WHAT a journey it’s been for the Childers Men’s Shed.
The group has been searching for a piece of land to build its shed for some time and to finally secure it must be a very rewarding feeling.
When I spoke to Childers Men’s Shed president Rob Dight, he could barely conceal his excitement.
The group will undoubtedly provide much-needed support to older men living in the region.
Mr Dight was also sympathetic to the school’s dilemma.
He said it was important to remember when the group received funding from the State Government last year there was a deadline attached to it or it would lose the grant.
So when Bundaberg Regional Council offered it the North St land, it was an offer that could not be refused.
Unfortunately, the potential downsizing of the Isis District State High School’s renowned agriculture program will leave a sour taste in the community’s mouth.
Time and money has been heavily invested in the program.
The decision coming soon after Gin Gin State High School had land adjacent to it assigned to the school’s agriculture program may also prove a bitter pill to swallow, although the situations were different.
As I’ve stated in a previous editorial, I think the two groups should not have been forced to go head-to-head in a battle for the land.
The school maintains it was only made aware of plans for the land on May 1.
I hope council and the school can work together to achieve a desired outcome.
I think the two groups should not have been forced to go head-to-head in a battle for the land.