Scouts won’t give up

La­bor’s elec­tion vic­tory means hall won’t get fund­ing

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPITERI tspi­[email protected]­me­

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.

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