Council in court over ag dispute
BUNDABERG Regional Council’s decision to lease Childers Men’s Shed land, which Isis District State High School had used for its agricultural program, is being appealed by the Childers and District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.
In July, the Bundaberg councillors voted to lease the Men’s Shed 1113sq m of council-owned land at 3A North St to build a 15m by 10m shed and car park.
The decision came as a shock to the Isis District State High School, which had for years used the land for its agriculture program.
Childers and District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association secretary Donna Duncan said the group had invested about $100,000 to support the ag program at the school over the past decade.
Ms Duncan said the loss of land would deliver a devastating blow to the school.
The appeal is now before the Planning and Environment Court.
In a new twist, a Forest View Childers Aged Care Facility board member confirmed the not-for-profit organisation may look at giving the Men’s Shed some of its land.
But Forest View deputy chairman, Mark Mammino, said he couldn’t make any further comment on the potential consideration.
“We actually haven’t fully discussed it at a board level, and we haven’t had discussions with the Men’s Shed group at this point in time,” Mr Mammino said.
Mr Mammino confirmed the board would “look at the option” of assisting the Men’s Shed with land.
“There’s no guarantee that anything will happen, but it’s an option,” Mr Mammino said.
He said Forest View had looked at the idea of helping the Men’s Shed out a number of years ago.
“But we didn’t have the land available then. We do have some land now,” Mr Mammino said.
“We’ve got to see whether it fits into the mix of what we want to do into the future.”
Mr Mammino said the Forest View land was obtained a number of years ago.
“But in the current economic climate, it’s not viable for us to do much with it at the moment,” he said.
He said the board had a meeting lined up to discuss the possibility with the Men’s Shed group.
“I’m not sure what their take on the whole situation is.”