Den upgrades for local scouts
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.