New chapter for Clontarf Beach Scouts

Published 9:00am 7 January 2022

New chapter for Clontarf Beach Scouts
Words by Jodie Powell

Clontarf Beach Scouts have a new den to call home thanks to funding from Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Federal Government.

The den replaces a building that was susceptible to flooding and includes ease of access for people with disabilities, a large activity room and kitchen.

Mayor Peter Flannery says the $1 million facility will help nurture the leaders of tomorrow, made possible with a $467,687 contribution from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

“As a father of a young daughter who’s almost old enough to start Scouts, I know how important it is to instil those leadership and teamwork qualities from a young age,” he says.

Clontarf Beach Scouts’ old building was prone to regular flooding during heavy rain so they’ll be thrilled to see their new flood-free home.

“The new space boasts a large veranda area, a kitchen, disability access, a PWD (people with disability) compliant unisex toilet and shower, an open activities room and much more.

“Kids will have more room for activities and the branch can cater for new members who want to join.”

Positive influence

Mayor Flannery hopes the new facility will enable Scouts to make lifelong memories and start their journey toward a successful adulthood.

Cr Karl Winchester (Div 6) is pleased Council’s supporting an organisation that has a positive impact on young people.

“The Clontarf Scout Group and its volunteers work tirelessly to deliver a diverse range of activities to young children, providing them with fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventures,” he says.

“This will be an exciting new chapter for Clontarf Scouts to welcome children from across the region to play, grow and learn valuable life lessons.

“Scouts bring families together and build kids’ confidence by allowing them to get on with being kids and just having fun.”

Petrie MP Luke Howarth says the project has been a boost for local jobs and will benefit Scouts as well as the broader community.

“Scouts have a long and rich history in communities across Australia - giving young people the opportunity to be part of a worldwide network and learn important life skills,” Mr Howarth says.

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