The NSW Government has allocated $7,000 towards the upgrading of Chinderah Scout Hall.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the funding was part of $7.75 million being provided, under the Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program, for projects at Scouts facilities on Crown land.

“Scouts NSW is one of our State’s largest and most popular youth organisations that helps communities build leadership skills, resilience and friendship through healthy activities for young people, so it’s great to support them,” Mr Provest said.

“Scouting has been operating in Australia since 1908 and this statewide funding will help ensure a range of Scout NSW facilities are in good shape for future generations.

“$7,000 will be provided to repaint Chinderah Scout Hall and safely remove asbestos building materials to keep the hall safe, protected from the elements, and looking good.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing said communities had done it tough during COVID-19, including organisations like Scouts NSW whose activities have been disrupted.

“This funding will help Scouts NSW bounce back with improvements to facilities throughout the State, many of which are also used by other community organisations,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Upgrade work will also support local economies with work for tradies and material suppliers.”

Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins OAM said the stimulus funding would improve Scout facilities and help them attract more members.

“We are delighted with the NSW Government support that will assist an enormous number of communities by upgrading Scout facilities and improving the amenity of buildings and campsites,” Mr Tomkins said.

“There are many Scout roofs that need repair, kitchen and toilet blocks that need upgrades, and facilities and campsites that we want to make more accessible including for those in wheelchairs, so this funding is very welcome.”

Strengthening and supporting community connections is one of the key priorities of the newly launched Crown Land State Strategic Plan.