Win­ners and losers

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Jim Alouat Re­porter jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

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.

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