Men’s Shed site is di­vid­ing com­mu­nity

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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