Den up­grades for lo­cal scouts

Gatton Star - - News - By TOM THREADINGH­AM

THE re­gion’s skil­ful scouts will be well equipped in their ad­ven­tures thanks to a range of den up­grades.

More than $135,000 will be spent on re­fur­bish­ing five scout dens in the dis­trict: Lai­d­ley, Lowood, Atkin­son Dam, Esk and Glenore Grove dens.

More­ton Re­gional Scout Com­mis­sioner Ken Millers said the up­grades were made pos­si­ble through a Com­mu­nity Gambling Ben­e­fit fund.

Com­mis­sioner Millers said the up­grades started in early Oc­to­ber and would be com­pleted by mid-De­cem­ber.

“It’s bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties and bet­ter equip­ment,” he said.

“It’s ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent.”

Com­mis­sioner Millers said lo­cal scout groups were only just get­ting back on track af­ter the 2011 and 2013 floods so the up­grades pro­vided a ma­jor boon for the groups.

“This year alone we’ve had a ma­jor growth in sup­port and we’re start­ing to get over some of the flood is­sues,” he said.

“It’s been a hard four or five years but this year has been ex­tremely sur­pris­ing both in num­bers and cer­tainly in fund­ing.

“Our num­bers this year, since April 1, have in­creased by 14% in mem­ber­ship (for the More­ton re­gion).”

The re­cently com­pleted Atkin­son Dam Scout Den up­grades had a 12m x 7m shed ex­ten­sion to al­low the re­fur­bish­ment of the kitchen with plans for the Esk Scout Den to also re­ceive a shed ex­ten­sion.

The Glenore Grove scout den will soon be re­fur­bished in­side with the re­work­ing of stor­age spa­ces and ex­ten­sions on the front and rear awnings. Paths will also be con­creted.

The Lowood Scout Den will re­ceive a new toi­let block.

De­spite hav­ing no group, the Lai­d­ley Scout den was also in­cluded in the list for up­grades.

The den was re­painted in­side and out with other re­pairs on the shed be­ing com­pleted.

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