Scouts NSW and the Girl Guides are two of the state’s most successful youth organisations, but COVID-19 has had a big impact on their operations with events and meetings cancelled in the wake of the pandemic.

The NSW Nationals in the state government recognise the importance of scouts and guides in our regional communities and as such, Camp Kurrajong Scout Camp at Wagga Wagga and the Leeton Guide Hall will receive upgrade work as part of the COVID-19 stimulus program.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP Wes Fang said the groups were well-deserving of the spruce-up to their facilities.

“Camp Kurrajong east of Wagga Wagga is a major campsite for scouting groups as well an ideal visit location for schools, sporting clubs, church groups, and families,” Mr Fang said.

“Upgrade work under the stimulus program will see the replacement of sections of wooden fencing at Camp Kurrajong that have worn and broken. This will ensure a safe and secure camping area and to prevent livestock from neighbouring property wandering into the campsite.

“I also welcome the funding from the NSW Nationals in the state government which will include installation of fire doors and smoke alarms to Leeton Guide Hall.”

The Scouts and the Girl Guides build leadership skills, resilience and friendship with fun, friendship and adventure, and this work will help empower them with safe facilities to grow and develop leadership skills while contributing to the community.