A new home for Myrtleford Scouts under The Nationals

Monday 10 September 2018

Myrtleford Scouts will have a new home if The Nationals are elected to government in November, with Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy announcing funding to build a new scout hall.

Mr McCurdy was joined in Myrtleford today by Shadow Minister for Young Victorians Steph Ryan to announce The Nationals would commit $250,000 to the project.

“The Myrtleford Scout Group is an important organisation in the town and has been without its own building since last year when the ‘Friendship Hall’ off Lewis Avenue was condemned by council,” Mr McCurdy said.

“The Scouts have been lucky to use other halls in town and have been using a room at the Myrtleford P-12 College since the start of this year.

“While the partnership with the school is great, the Scouts need their own space.

“The Nationals in government will provide $250,000 to fund a hall that will be constructed on the grounds of the P-12 College, providing a fit-for-purpose asset for the Scouts.”

Mr McCurdy said the Myrtleford Scouts enjoyed strong patronage, with about 40 members and meeting were currently held three nights a week.

“This facility will provide an area for the Scouts to display awards, artwork and honour boards as well as be able to play and learn,” he said.

“The leaders will have the space they need to store all the essentials to run the group, hold meetings, dry wet tents and equipment after camping and sort through supplies.”

Mr McCurdy thanked Scouts Victoria for their support of the project and praised the Myrtleford Scouts for the fundraising they have done.

Ms Ryan said Myrtleford was a dynamic community and activities and facilities for youth were important.

“A new hall will provide a great asset to the community and encourage local youth to get involved in Scouts and the exceptional community work they do,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Nationals believe in backing projects, like a new Myrtleford Scout Hall, that local communities have identified as priorities to deliver a brighter future for our young people in Regional Victoria.”

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