Na­tion­als com­mit for new scout hall

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

MYRTLE­FORD Scouts will have a new home if the Lib­eral/ Na­tion­als are elected to gov­ern­ment in

Novem­ber’s Vic­to­rian State Elec­tion.

Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley) was joined in Myrtle­ford on Mon­day by Shadow Min­is­ter for Young Vic­to­ri­ans Steph Ryan to an­nounce The Na­tion­als would com­mit $250,000 to build a new scout hall.

The Myrtle­ford Scout Group has been with­out its own build­ing since last year when the ‘Friend­ship Hall’ off Lewis Av­enue was con­demned.

They have been lucky to use other halls in town and have held their weekly meet­ings in the multi-pur­pose room at Myrtle­ford P-12 Col­lege since the start of the year.

Mr McCurdy said the Scouts’ part­ner­ship with the school was great but that the Scouts needed 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,” he said.

“It will be a hall that will be used for nor­mal scout­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and will also have a kitchen.

“When we first started dis­cussed things with Myrtle­ford Scouts, a kitchen was some­thing they were go­ing to add fur­ther down the track but we’ve said we’ll build a hall with a kitchen right away.

The fa­cil­ity will pro­vide an area for the 40 plus lo­cal Scouts to dis­play awards, art­work and hon­our boards as well as be able to play and learn.

Lead­ers will have the space they need to store all the essentials to run the group.

“We need some­where to store camp­ing equip­ment, a trailer, a place to dry tents, space to put up pen­nant flags, awards, plaques, and things that we call our own that the kids can iden­tify with on a weekly ba­sis,” Myrtle­ford Scout Group leader Ber­nadette Hays said.

“We’re just happy for the sup­port and the in­ter­est that Tim and Steph have both given us with this project.

“We’ll con­tinue to fundraise our­selves but it would have been a long road to get to any­thing we need with­out this sort of sup­port.”

Ms Ryan said 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.

“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,” she said.

Mr McCurdy said if the Na­tion­als are elected in Novem­ber con­struc­tion of the build­ing will be­gin within 12 months.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

NEW HOME: Vic­to­rian Na­tional Party mem­bers Steph Ryan and Tim McCurdy with Myrtle­ford Scouts Ali Ramia and Grace Daniels.

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