Scout's honour: Hall gets reno
ABOUT two years ago, serious safety problems were discovered at Chinderah's Scout Hall and a major revamp was deemed necessary.
The historic hall contained asbestos and was infested with white ants which threatened the clubhouse and wellbeing of young scouts.
The main problem faced was the cost of the refurbishments, however, the scouts were not without friends.
The Rotary Club of South Tweed, Tweed Shire Council and the NSW Government came to the rescue and with over $90,000 in donations from a variety of supporters, the scout's hall received the work it needed and was officially reopened on July 14.
Scout club leader David Hutchinson said the hall had its asbestos removed and received comprehensive refurbishments inside and out.
A variety of local businesses and community organisations provided financial and in-kind support and gave the scouts a hall they could be proud of.
Mr Hutchinson said the improvements and especially a large outside area, which was now covered and capable of hosting activities outside even when it was raining, were fantastic.
"The Scouts absolutely love it and the renovations have given their pride and enthusiasm a real boost," Mr Hutchinson said.
"The building looks so much better and I want to thank all the guys who went above and beyond to help.
"Now we've got these nice new facilities, all we need are some new Scout leaders."
Mr Hutchinson said he hoped people who had been Scouts in the past or who were interested in educating and helping kids would come forward and join the organisation.
People who loved the outdoors and liked working with kids were the ideal candidates.
New Scout leaders could expect to receive training and gain skills including a certificate three in leadership.
"The Scouts have around 30 members and it would be great to have some more volunteers," Mr Hutchinson said.
Anyone interested in joining can contact Mr Hutchinson on 07 5523 3874.