Scouting groups across the Macedon Ranges will soon enjoy new buildings and facilities thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government to help young Victorians come together and learn new skills.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the 1st New Gisborne Scout Group to announce funding for upgrades at three Scout Halls in the Macedon Ranges Shire – 1st New Gisborne Scout Hall, Rowallan Recreation and Adventure Camp and 1st Macedon Scout Hall.

The Labor Government will provide a total of $150,000 to upgrade facilities at 1st New Gisborne Scout Hall and the Rowallan Recreation and Adventure Camp, with $40,000 for the 1st Macedon Scout Hall. This funding will be matched by Scouts Victoria.

The works include the construction of a new shed space for 1st New Gisborne, construction of a new building with a kitchen and dining room at the Rowallan Recreation and Adventure Camp and upgrades to the toilets, flooring, car park and kitchen at the 1st Macedon Scout Hall.

The funding is part of a 2018 election commitment of $5.5 million over four years to build, upgrade or refurbish Scout Halls across Victoria.

Scouts Victoria is one of the state’s biggest youth organisations and has a membership base of over 20,000 young people and 5,000 adult volunteers. The number of young people involved in scouting has grown by 30 per cent in the last 10 years.

Scouts Victoria has rich history of fostering teamwork, care for community and leadership skills among young Victorians aged 11 to 14. Scouting supports young people’s development and growth and creates opportunities to lead by example in their communities.

Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“This will provide young people in the Macedon Ranges with safe, accessible spaces to connect and build community.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Youth Ros Spence

“An investment in scouting is an investment in our future young leaders – we’re proud to be supporting young people to develop their skills and make friends for life.”