Formal lease offers land dispute resolution
THE long-running tension between Isis State High School, Childers Men’s Shed and the Bundaberg Regional Council regarding a parcel of council-owned land has finally been put to bed.
For more than year, Childers has been divided over a decision last year to award land at 3A North St, which had been used by the school for its popular agriculture program for years, to the Men’s Shed.
But on Tuesday, the council resolved to formalise a three-year lease for a .62ha area of council land for the school to use, bringing to an end the saga.
Deputy Mayor and division 2 councillor Bill Trevor said it was “the best outcome from a bad event”.
“It poisoned the community,” he said.
“I think in the future it’s about more communication between schools and council about this sort of thing.
“And to make sure it doesn’t reach the level of vitriol that it did.”
Cr Trevor said he hoped the council, the Department of Education and the school could find suitable land to support the school’s agriculture program.
He said sparking an agricultural interest in young people undertaking the course could only produce positive results through delivering future farmers or those seeking employment within the agricultural sector.
“I have spoken to the school’s principal, Alan Cook, and he is happy with the prospect of a three-year lease,” Cr Trevor said.