Expansion in sight for Clarence Sea Scouts

THE Clarence Sea Scout Group will finally have room to move thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

With around 100 scouts currently using the facility each week, the Sea Scouts will use the grant money to fund the extension of its hall.

This will provide storage space for its watercraft and allow for the addition of a meeting room and disabled toilet.

Clarence Sea Scout group leader Max Milton said the grant was “very welcome” and would allow them to expand years before schedule.

“It would have taken us quite a few years to raise the money needed for the expansion and the hall is already a bit too tight for comfort with at least 30 scouts occupying it at any one time,” he said.

“In addition to creating more space, the expansion will also make the hall more accessible by providing disability access, bringing it up to modern standards.

“All our scouts are extremely excited and we hope to have the new hall up and running by early next year.”

Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma, who delivered news of the grant, said the CIF was designed exactly for projects like this.

“The CIF is about helping community groups deliver the infrastructure they need,” she said.

“We are very pleased to be providing the grant of $50,000 to assist with this project and look forward to seeing the completed hall extension in the future.”

Mrs Petrusma said the Clarence Sea Scouts were a very active group that provided “great opportunities” for local young people.

“With so many members, ranging in age from six-year-old joey scouts to leaders with many years’ experience, this is one of the largest scout groups in Tasmania,” she said.

“Scouts are a wonderful movement for young people because they encourage confidence and instil a range of like skills.”

The Clarence Sea Scouts is currently seeking adults interested in becoming group leaders.

For more information or to register interest, email clarencesea@scoutstas.org.au.

Caption: Scouts and leaders of the Clarence Sea Scout Group with Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma.