Scouts funds hope
Local group turns to Pick My Project for new hall
THE 1st Myrtleford Scout Group is looking to build a new hall after being forced from their Lewis Avenue home due to the deterioration of the building after many years of flood damage.
They’re now hoping that Myrtleford residents will support them in their efforts to secure funding through the State Government’s Pick My Project grants initiative which allows residents to vote for ideas in their local community.
Venturer leader Surrey Hunter said a new scout hall could be co-located on the grounds of Myrtleford P12 College after striking up a partnership with the school when the old building was abandoned.
“We’ve been using the school’s multi-purpose space since June last year and have discussed with them having a brand-new hall built on the grounds at the bottom end of Mummery Road,” he said.
“We’re grateful to the school for letting us use their space and for letting us work towards something more permanent.
“It won’t be something unusual either as scouts are co-locating on schools all throughout Victoria.
“When new schools are being built there seems to be spaces being added to allow groups like scouts to operate out of.”
The 1st Myrtleford Scout Group has been running continuously since 1910, providing the youth of Myrtleford with leadership and personal development opportunities, community involvement, and outdoor activities for 108 years.
There is currently about 40 Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers aged 5 to 18 years involved in the group.
Mr Hunter said the hall would also be accessible to visiting scout groups, those from neighbouring towns including Bright and Wangaratta, who 1st Myrtleford has recently linked up with to rebrand its Venturer section the Great Alpine Venturer Unit, as well as other community organisations.
“The hall would be available for use by the school community and by any other community groups, providing a valuable community meeting asset,” he said.
“It would be perfect for hosting things like first aid training courses and other similar functions.”
Pick My Project is conducted online and is open to all Victorians over the age of 16 to vote.
The 1st Myrtleford Scout Hall is the only project in the town that made it through to the voting stage while there are 12 other concepts around the Alpine Shire.
Voting is open until 5pm, Monday, September 17, at www.pickmyproject.vic.gov.au.