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MP Chris Gulaptis

Be prepared – scout renovations in Iluka and Glenreagh

The Scouts’ Camp Eagle Eye at Glenreagh and the premises of the 1st Iluka Scouts are set for further improvements thanks to a second round of Nationals in NSW Government grants, this time totalling $163,000, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

“The bulk of the funding, $151,000 is for Camp Eagle Eye at Glenreagh which will get a new roof, new decking on the training centre, new timber work around the building and a new external awning for an outdoor activities and eating area,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Iluka Scout Hall, which is in the same street where the Government are building the town’s first ever ambulance station, will have $12,000 of work for new doors and to get rid of parts of the building that contain asbestos.

Mr Gulaptis said the funding was part of the Government’s COVID-19 stimulus package and that the two organisations had also won grants in 2020: $80,000 for work on camp roads and the toilets at Glenreagh and $5,000 for a security system at Iluka as well as $55,000 for upgrades at the Grafton Girl Guide Hall.

The MP said he hoped the spotlight on the scouts would encourage more local families to consider joining the movement.

“Scouts Australia NSW involves boys and girls from age 6 where they engage in peer to peer mentoring and healthy, outdoor adventurous activities,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“It is a terrific preparation for adulthood and also a lot of fun, so get online at nsw.scouts.com.au and check it out.”

Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins OAM welcomed the announcement.

“We are delighted with the NSW Government support that will assist an enormous number of communities,” Mr Tomkins said.

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