Victoria Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith
Funding For Scouts Victoria And Girl Guides Victoria Supports Young Victorians
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government has delivered on its commitment to invest $4 Million over four years to upgrade Scouts Victoria and Girl Guides Victoria facilities across the state.
“The Victorian Coalition Government’s Scouts and Guides Facilities Grants Program will allow Scouts and Guides groups across Victoria to apply for funds to replace or upgrade ageing facilities.” Mr. Smith said.
“Both organisations have played a significant role in shaping young Victorians for more than 100 years and deserve modern facilities to attract a new generation of Scouts and Guides.”
“With this funding, Scouts Victoria and Guides Victoria will be able to modernise facilities and to continue their fantastic work in supporting, training and mentoring young Victorians.”
Scouts and Guides groups are required to apply directly through their central organisations which will present submissions to the Office for Youth.
Girl Guides Victoria’s State Commissioner Margaret Devlin said the grants would help meet the challenge of attracting and supporting the next generation of Girl Guides.
“This infrastructure funding will go a long way to upgrade a number of facilities and will allow us to work with local councils and communities to support them as well.” Ms. Devlin said.
Chief Commissioner of Scouts Victoria Bob Taylor said it was fantastic the Victorian Government had recognised the importance and benefits of Scouting and Guiding in today’s society.
“Our adult leaders put in over half a million volunteer hours a year providing activities to develop the intellectual, social, physical, spiritual and emotional aptitudes of young people.” Mr. Taylor said.
Applications for the Scouts and Guides Facilities Grants Program close on 1 November 2011.