Men’s Shed site is dividing community
OPPOSITION to the siting of a Men’s Shed on land next to the Isis State High School that was being used for agricultural education is growing in the Childers community.
Bundaberg Regional Council approved the land for the Men’s Shed despite strong resistance from the school.
Childers Men’s shed president Rob Dight said it was good news and they could finally begin work to build a permanent home.
Childers resident and a former student at the school, Tracey Jackson, said she was confident the vast majority of residents supported the ongoing use of this land for the students’ education.
“How it ever came to this is beyond everyone’s comprehension,” Ms Jackson said.
“At the time the council made its decision, the Men’s Shed, based on their public comments at the time, had a mere 15 members and met for two hours every Tuesday.
“How this council, which is supposed to represent the people of the Isis District, could prioritise a mere 30 man hours a week over the education of approximately 240 students currently studying Ag Science is beyond us, not to mention all of the kids in Isis High’s nine feeder schools who will study Ag Science in Year 7 when they get to Isis High and may want to study it in their higher grades, is beyond all of us.”
Ms Jackson said every councillor who voted for this – the motion was passed unanimously – should hang their heads in shame.
In the statement made by Men’s Shed, they said there was an official withdrawal of the appeal lodged with the Planning and Environment Court by the Childers & District Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association
Former Bundaberg City councillor and Kepnock Residents Action Group spokeswoman Mary Walsh has also joined the fight.