Nationals commit for new scout hall
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.
NEW HOME: Victorian National Party members Steph Ryan and Tim McCurdy with Myrtleford Scouts Ali Ramia and Grace Daniels.