SHED RAGES ON
Town of Childers divided over shed’s new location
A TEMPORARY solution to the problem of the Childers Men’s Shed taking over land used by Isis District State High School’s agricultural program has been found, but not everyone is happy.
Principal Allan Cook announced the temporary solution in a letter to parents, assuring them that the new facilities would be ready for next year.
“In the short term, the school will utilise other land at the annexe, not currently able to be used, to establish new pasture and pens for livestock,” Mr Cook said.
“This will involve some reconfiguration and preparation work which will be funded by the Department of Education.
“This work will commence as soon as possible, to ensure students studying agriculture in 2016 can be assured of facilities and resources to support their agricultural learning.”
Mr Cook said Bundaberg Regional Council was also working with the school on a number of other actions that would safeguard the immediate future of the school’s agricultural program.
“In addition, the Department of Education has committed to actively investigate the acquisition of additional land in close proximity to the school, to support the long-term viability of the agricultural program,” he said.
But one of the campaigners against siting the men’s shed next to the school, Tracey Jackson, said the fight was not over.
“This solution is a substandard one,” she said.
Ms Jackson said the plan would create a third campus for the school.
“It means the kids will have to walk or be bussed to the land. That will cut into the lesson time.”
Ms Jackson said the issue had divided the town.
A council spokeswoman said the council was working in partnership with Education Queensland and the school to site the agricultural program at land next to the school and the issue would be discussed at future council meetings.
ON SITE: Rudy Stakenburg, president Rob Dight and secretary David Wilson at Childers Men's Shed new site at North St.
TEMPORARY SOLUTION: Plans to move part of Isis District State High School’s agriculture program to another location due to the Childers Men’s Shed taking over land on North St has not been well received by everyone.