Nats to boost Scouts and Guides

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

The Na­tion­als prom­ise that the rich tra­di­tion of Scouts and Guides in Be­nalla will be stronger than ever be­fore if the Lib­eral Na­tion­als win the state elec­tion.

Shadow Young Vic­to­ri­ans Min­is­ter and State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan an­nounced a mas­sive boost to scouts and guides at the Scouts Vic­to­ria an­nual re­port and pre­sen­ta­tions night.

The plan aims to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion and up­grade club fa­cil­i­ties, such as halls and camp­sites, across the state.

‘‘Scouts and Guides make an in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion in Re­gional Vic­to­ria and Mel­bourne, not only to the lives of young peo­ple, but to our en­tire com­mu­nity,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘We know the struc­tured learn­ing pro­grams of­fered by Guides and Scouts have built a strong foun­da­tion for young peo­ple to gain a range of skills that help with their per­sonal devel­op­ment and self-es­teem.

‘‘Build­ing up groups like Scouts and Guides is also a prac­ti­cal way gov­ern­ment can pos­i­tively en­gage with vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple, so they can have a brighter fu­ture.’’

The pro­posal in­cludes $1.5 mil­lion to es­tab­lish a new Scouts in Schools Pro­gram in up to 20 schools across the state, so more young peo­ple can share in the ben­e­fits of our iconic scouts clubs.

Train­ers will be em­ployed at par­tic­i­pat­ing schools, lead­ing ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing lunch breaks.

Run­ning the pro­gram through schools will re­move the cost and time bar­ri­ers that stop many will­ing chil­dren join­ing their lo­cal Scouts club.

A fur­ther $4 mil­lion for build­ing and fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments will be avail­able to lo­cal clubs through the Scouts and Guides In­fra­struc­ture Fund on a match­ing ba­sis, pro­vid­ing for up to $8 mil­lion in up­grades at lo­cal clubs across the state.

Scouts and Guides man­age an ex­ten­sive prop­erty port­fo­lio and with more and more young Vic­to­ri­ans join­ing both or­gan­i­sa­tions dur­ing the past decade, sup­port is re­quired to se­cure these fa­cil­i­ties for fu­ture club mem­bers and make sure they are meet­ing grow­ing de­mand.

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