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Thursday, 10 March 1966


Mr J R Fraser ser asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   What financial assistance has the Commonwealth given in the Australian Capital Territory within the past three years for the construction of Boy Scout halls?

2.   How many Boy Scout groups or districts have been assisted with grants towards the construction of halls in that period?

3.   How many Boy Scout halls have been constructed by the Commonweatlh assistance in that period?

4.   How many halls are under construction with guarantees of Commonwealth assistance?

5.   What future commitments has the Commonwealth in this field?

6.   What financial assistance has the Commonwealth given in the Australian Capital Territory within the past three years for the construction of Girl Guide halls?

7.   How many Girl Guide groups or districts have been assisted with grants towards the construction of halls in that period?

8.   How many Girl Guide halls have been constructed by the Commonwealth or completed with Commonwealth assistance in that period?

9.   How many halls are under construction with guarantees of Commonwealth assistance?

10.   What future commitments has the Commonwealth in this field?

11.   Will the Commonwealth extend to the Girl Guides Association in the Australian Capital Territory, pro rata on a membership and district basis, the same financial assistance as has been given to the Boy Scouts in the Australian Capital Territory?

12.   If not, why not?


Mr Anthony - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows - t, 2 and 3. During the past three years the Boy Scouts have constructed four Scout Halls at Downer, Narrabundah, Red Hill and Deakin, valued in all at about $32,000. Based on the value of work done by the Scouts' own efforts, the Commonwealth assisted by grants totalling $6,960.

In addition an old building was removed from Acton, re-erected at Yarralumla and converted for the joint use of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides at a cost to the Commonwealth of approximately $8,000.

4.   None.

5.   Provision has been made in the current year for a further $8,000 towards the cost of three more Scout Halls but the actual subsidy will depend on the value of work financed by the Scouts themselves. 6 to 10. In addition to the Yarralumla Hall already referred to, the Commonwealth at a cost of approximately $2,400 moved an old building from Duntroon and re-erected it at Gungahlin for use by Girl Guides as a camp.

Recently the Girl Guides sought Commonwealth assistance in providing two balls on the north side of Canberra for their sole use. The National Capital Development Commission is taking action to construct one hall at O'Connor at an estimated cost of $14,000. The whole cost will be met by the Commonwealth and the Guides will have full use of it at a nominal rental.

A Community Centre is being provided at Commonwealth cost at Downer and it has been suggested to the Girl Guides that they use the centre as a meeting place, at least for the time being. 11 an 12. While the Government is very appreciative of, and has always encouraged the work done by youth welfare organisations in the Australian Capital Territory, and has given them assistance in various ways, there is a limit to what it can do in this direction. Because of this it has been suggested to the Boy Scouts' Association and the Girl Guides that they should consider ways and means of making joint use of meeting halls. My Department is still awaiting the outcome of this suggestion and when it is settled consideration will be given to what additional assistance, if any, is warranted.







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