Scouts venture into hall deal

Murray Bridge Scouts Ryan Allchurch, Callum Tasker, Samuel Montgomery-Pittaway, Sophia Allchurch, front, Nickisha Crouch, Paris Montgomery-Pittaway and Sarah Tasker are ready to help get their Adelaide Road Scout Hall back in order.THE Murray Bridge Scout Group will remain in its Adelaide Road headquarters after a stand-off with the Murray Bridge council ended late last month.
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The council said 18 months ago it would strip Scouts SA of its lease over the ageing hall, giving the group three months notice to vacate the building in September 2011 and citing a maintence backlog worth almost $200,000.

The decision sparked an outcry from local Scouts members and an argument over the original 75-year-old leasing conditions of the hall until councillors voted last month to accept a compromise that would see the group remain in the building.

There are conditions on the 20-year deal though.

The council has insisted Scouts accept a five-year works schedule to fix drainage and structural issues, committing $70,000 this financial year to assist them while Scouts have agreed to contribute $20,000 this year and more in subsequent financial years.

If Scouts do not keep up with the $170,000 of upgrades the council has reserved the right to remove the lease with three month’s notice.

Council contracts manager Malcolm Downie said the two groups met mid-April to discuss terms of the agreement and that work would start shortly.

“A lease will be sent to Scouts SA for execution shortly in accordance with the terms and conditions of council’s resolution,” he said.

“Contractors are expected to commence work from Monday, April 29, to replace the roof cladding, upgrade the electrical switchboard and wiring, underpin the rear extension, install a retaining wall on the eastern boundary, remove the asbestos lining in the shower alcove and replace the front entrance portico with a lightweight structure in keeping with the original design.”

Scouts SA chief executive officer Dan Ryan said the agreement was a great result for both Scouts and the council.

“We’re very excited with the fantastic result and it’s good to see the council and Scouts working together for the mutual benefit of the youth of Murray Bridge,” he said.

Mr Ryan said Scouts had always intended to invest in the hall and he was pleased to see the council accept its plans to improve the facility.

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