L->R Stromlo Cub Leader and a Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Michael Freeman, Scout Rachel Alley-Freeman, Mary Porter MLA, Scout Allana Alley-Freeman and Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins
Duffy seems to be at the centre of our thoughts at the moment. Mary Porter was down there today handing over a giant novelty cheque to the Scouts to rebuild in the area after the devastation of the 2003 fires, and to kickoff fundraising to build new facilities.
This from their media release (and a slideshow below):
After turning the first sod with ACT MLA Mary Porter AM, ACT Scouts Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins said ACT Scouts are ready to complete rebuilding after the 2003 bushfires.
The fires which destroyed ACT Scouts’ main training facility at Camp Cottermouth also destroyed the Stomlo Forest Scout Group’s buildings and equipment. The Group, which had a thriving Scouting community of Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers, concentrated initially on finding venues for its members, aged 6-18, to continue with their activities using the resources of other Scout Groups.
Camp Cottermouth has been rebuilt and now, after ACT Government approval to reassign their previous lease on Tantangara St, Duffy, Scouts Australia (ACT Branch) has started to build facilities for use not only by the Stromlo Forest Scout Group, but also by the surrounding Duffy community. The aim is to have the new hall completed and fitted out by the end of 2010.
Ms Porter announced a grant from the ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, to start the appeal. The final stage of public fundraising will be kicked off with a gala Benefit Dinner on 5 June at the Hellenic Club, Woden. Details of the dinner and how to donate will be advertised in the media and can be found at http://www.act.scouts.asn.au