Coun­cil in court over ag dis­pute

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

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