Scouts won’t give up
Labor’s election victory means hall won’t get funding
DESPITE a resounding win in Ovens Valley for Nationals MP, Tim McCurdy, the Myrtleford Scouts will not receive the much needed funding required to build them a new Scout hall.
The funding, like for the Myrtleford CFA Station and Recreation Reserve needed a Liberal win in the election to be guaranteed.
It is an abrupt halt for the Scout hall’s momentum after much of Myrtleford got behind Mr McCurdy. “We were optimistic, everybody that we know had promised to vote for Tim, but I don’t know if we will get our money now,” Myrtleford Scout Group Leader, Bernadette Hays said.
“Tim needed the government to win, without them being in power they don’t hold the strings unfortunately.
“He can and will still push for us, the Showgrounds and the CFA, but at the moment we may miss out, you can’t win them all I suppose.”
Ms Hays said it was a good thing Mr McCurdy held his seat such is his community mindedness for Myrtleford. “Steph Ryan won her seat in Euroa who was behind us as well, she is the shadow minister for youth and she will undoubtedly still push for Scouts in general as well,” Ms Hays added.
“The Labor Party promised just as much money for Scouts Victoria as the Liberal Party did but it’s just how they distribute it that will be the deciding factor as to whether or not we get any funding.”
Ms Hays said the group would not give up and that she would not wait long to again pick up the phone.
“It is still a need, we have kids that want their own hall and a place to call home, I will be in contact with Scouts Victoria to see where the money from Labor will go and as always it’s fingers crossed,” she said.
“We won’t give up, Tim was batting for the Myrtleford community and we will keep knocking on doors and trying until we raise the required funds.”
The Myrtleford Scouts, that has record participation of 42 kids, will continue running out of Myrtleford P-12 College with a shipping container for storage.