The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a brand new, purpose-built Scout Adventure Activity Centre for Melbourne’s West.

Member for Western Metropolitan Cesar Melhem today announced the start of works on the facility, which will deliver a 600-square-metre contemporary, accessible hub in Burnside Heights.

The Labor Government is supporting the $3.2 million Scout Adventure Activity Centre with a $500,000 contribution from the 2016-17 Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF). Scouts Victoria has contributed $1 million, in addition to the City of Melton’s $250,000.

The new site will include a multi-purpose scout activity space with an Adventure Education Centre, equipment storage area, as well as communal amenities including a kitchen, toilets, meeting rooms, an office and a foyer.

The centre will now serve as the new site of the Caroline Springs Scout Group, which currently consists of 160 youth members and 25 adult scout leaders, who have outgrown their previous Brimbank base in Kings Park.

Construction of the new site will provide the capacity for Caroline Springs Scout Group to expand its members to 300.  Works are expected to be completed by August 2018.

The City of Melton received $8.1 million under the 2017-19 GSF to deliver eight community infrastructure projects.

This builds on the nine projects supported through $10.71 million in funding under the 2015-16 and 2016-17 GSF.

Quote attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Cesar Melhem

“Melton’s scout community is growing – that’s why we’re getting behind them to help fund this new centre.”

“This is about making sure the Western suburbs have the best facilities for our booming population.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz

“We promised we would help build this new centre and now we’re getting it done.”

“Our Growing Suburbs Fund is ensuring people living in our Western suburbs get the facilities they deserve.”