More young Victorians will get the chance to develop their leadership skills and give back to their local community with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to help build a new Scout Hall for the Epping North Scout Group.

The whole community will benefit with Scouts Victoria to manage and maintain the hall, which will also be available for local activities and events such as dance classes, community theatre rehearsals, birthday parties and fitness classes.

Labor will provide $600,000 towards building a new hall for the Epping North Scout Group with Scouts Victoria to match this funding with community partners.

Currently meeting in a community centre, Epping North Scout Group’s 60 members are set to benefit from a new permanent home.

More than a million young Victorians have participated in Scouts since 1907, with a growing membership.

These organisations are the heartbeat of our communities, giving young people the opportunity to get outdoors, have fun and develop resilience and teamwork skills.

Only Labor will build and upgrade community halls around the state to make sure local Scout Groups have the facilities they need for generations to come.

Quote attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos

 “Scouts gives kids the chance to make friends, learn new skills and develop leadership skills – these grants will help them grow and reach more young Victorians.”

Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny

“Building the new Epping North Scout Hall is a win for the whole community – it will provide our young people with new and exciting activities and experiences that are so needed in growing suburbs. This is such an important investment and it will also be available for other community groups.”