For­mal lease of­fers land dis­pute res­o­lu­tion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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