Scouts Victoria has completed a hall on a western suburb growth corridor site acquired for $350,000 in early 2019.
The Scout and Community Centre at 15 Elmurst Avenue, within Mirvac and VIP’s Woodlea Estate, in Aintree, contains 325 square metres, with an activity room, storerooms, kitchen and amenities.
The site spreads 1000 sqm.
It will house the Aintree Scout Group which, since establishing in 2021, has used temporary accommodation at the neighbouring Bacchus Marsh Grammar Primary School.
Elsewhere in Melbourne’s middle and outer north and west, Scouts Victoria has bases at Caroline Springs, Darley, Plumpton, Sunbury and Taylors Lakes. It has two Melton halls.
The not-for-profit is headquartered at Mount Waverley.
Scouts expands west
The Aintree facility will also be available for hire (story continues below).
“Scouting helps young Victorians develop life skills, self-confidence and leadership skills that influence their adult lives, Scouts Victoria chief commissioner, Rod Byrnes, said.
“Due to the growing estate and its future infrastructure, we identified Woodlea as an area in which scouting facilities could add value and potential for future population growth in the western suburban region,” he added.
“The location, at Elmhurst Ave is extremely ideal and an added bonus, due to its close proximity to two schools,” according to the Scout leader.
Woodlea project director, Matthew Dean, said Scouts and their facilities contribute to the social fabric of communities.
“Generating positive attitudes, a sense of belonging, acceptance of diversity, improved feelings of safety and the fostering of future community leaders,” are amongst the things the group is about, he added.
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