I WOULD like to take this opportunity to correct two recent writers in the News Mail regarding the issue of the Childers Men’s Shed being granted a lease over council-owned land formerly used by the Isis District State High School for animal husbandry purposes. One writer states that council gave Gin Gin High School “a huge tract of land” for its school-based cattle program. The fact is the land is State Government owned and the private resident who was leasing the land surrendered the lease in favour of the Gin Gin High School. The council merely administers the lease as trustee. It is not council-owned land, unlike the land used by the Isis High School for more than 12 years through an informal agreement with the former Isis Shire Council. The school has enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, totally free use of a section of former education land the then Isis Shire Council purchased from the Education Department for the location of a future aquatic centre for Childers. The 1113sq m of land on which the school was carrying out animal husbandry programs raising pigs, goats and sheep - was zoned residential and a former home site. The council has provided this residential portion of land for the Men’s Shed while the high school continues to use the balance section for its agricultural program. When the former Isis Shire Council agreed to the high school using the property it was for horticultural purposes. Another writer questions why a parcel of land in the Childers showgrounds was not large enough for the Men’s Shed. In addition to any new structure encroaching on already established users at the showgrounds, such as rugby league, touch football, cricket, little athletics, rugby and soccer, as well as the space required for the annual show, parking was also identified as an issue. Many people do not seem to realise that supplying land for education purposes is not the core role of Bundaberg Regional Council and additionally it is highly unlikely that animal husbandry programs would be allowed to continue on residential land for obvious reasons. I am working with the Isis High School in an effort to find State-owned land or provide other alternatives in order that the school may continue what is a valuable program. Additionally, the Men’s Shed group has been given approval by council to establish a centre that will promote friendships, skill sharing and great outcomes for the community. Isolation and loneliness is an inherent part of life for many people and this project will
Cr Tony Ricciardi Supplying land for education purposes is not the core role of the BRC...
allow like-minded men married and single - to enjoy companionship and participate in projects that have a community benefit. As a person who comes from the land I am 100% behind initiatives that provide the opportunities for young people to pursue an interest or careers in agricultural based endeavours.
Cr Tony Ricciardi BRC Division 2 representative