Cleveland Scouts can look forward to a new chapter after Redland City Council today approved a new 30-year lease to continue to occupy their current site of operation.
Mayor Karen Williams said Scouts Qld had a significant history at the 8089 m2 site on the corner of Bainbridge and Gordon streets, Ormiston, having first erected a club room in 1922.
“It was this 75 year old main building – where Scouts, Cubs, Joeys and Venturers regularly met – that was tragically destroyed in a fire last March,” Cr Williams said.
“What followed was a groundswell of support.
“Council made a donation and the community rallied around to help with fundraising, offering goods and services.
“It made me truly proud to be part of this wonderful Redlands Coast community.”
Councillor for Division 1 Wendy Boglary said Scouts Qld was starting to rebuild a bigger and better main building to serve both the Cleveland group and the wider Scouting community as an event and meeting place.
“The long-term lease will provide them with peace of mind about their significant capital investment,” she said.
“I have seen plans for the new building and it will be a really exciting addition.
“The Scout Association is extraordinarily community-minded, giving other community groups access to their dens.
“In a wonderful example of inclusiveness, they have considered these community uses when designing the new building on the Cleveland Scouts site in Ormiston.
“I thank the Scouts and applaud them for their strength of spirit throughout this ordeal.
“The community have walked with them and we all look forward to the opening of their new building.”