Don Neale helped arrange funding for the soon-to-be-refurbished Chinderah Scout hall and is now joining the call for new leaders to join the group.
Don Neale helped arrange funding for the soon-to-be-refurbished Chinderah Scout hall and is now joining the call for new leaders to join the group. John Gass

Scout group in need of leaders

CHINDERAH Scouts have secured $80,000 in funding for refurbishing their den but cannot expand numbers until they find more leaders.

The Rotary Club of Tweed Heads South successfully arranged the community grant of $80,000 for the repair and refurbishment of the Scout hall.

Chinderah Scout Group leader David Hutchinson said they had children on the waiting list who could not join the Scouts until new leaders were appointed.

"We are looking at people who have been through Rovers and Scouts who are looking at getting back into it," Mr Hutchinson said.

"They have to be friendly nice people that are happy to help train the kids.

"It would be good if we could get three or four leaders."

Tweed Heads South Rotary member Don Neale said the grant for the hall could not have come at a better time.

"The existing Scout hall contains asbestos material, has some white-ant damage and structural footings that need shoring up to maintain integrity.

"Improvements are also needed to provide disabled access and generally to comply with fire, health and safety requirements," he said.

"The upgrade of the existing facilities will help sustain Scouting activities in the local area and provide a basis for an expanding community role into the future."

Mr Neale said there was a lot young people could gain by spending time in the Scouts.

"They build camp fires and learn how to tie knots and basic trades," he said.

"It is a skill that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives."



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