Scouts funds hope

Lo­cal group turns to Pick My Project for new hall

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

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.pick­mypro­

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