SHED RAGES ON

Town of Childers di­vided over shed’s new lo­ca­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MIKE DERRY

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

ON SITE: Rudy Stak­en­burg, pres­i­dent Rob Dight and sec­re­tary David Wil­son at Childers Men's Shed new site at North St.

PHOTO: JIM ALOUAT

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.

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