Local guides and scouts make a splash with Matching Grant

‚ÄčEASTERN Hills Guides and Scouts were excited to receive six new canoes this week thanks to a $2000 Matching Grant awarded to the group by Shire of Mundaring.

The canoes will be used in a number of activities including canoeing, cleaning up waterways, teaching water safety, team work, and problem solving.

Shire President John Daw said the grants were offered twice a year subject to financial availability.

"The Matching Grant program awards grants up to a maximum of $2000 to groups whose projects meet the needs of the local community," he said. "Successful recipients are then required to match exactly the grant awarded by the Shire so that the grant makes up fifty per cent of the project's total funding.

"It's an excellent way to help community groups acquire new equipment, undertake training, and repair or update existing facilities.

"I am glad that the scouts and guides group took the opportunity to apply for a Matching Grant. It has helped them purchase six canoes for their water sport activities, a really great result!" said Cr Daw.

Eastern Hills Guides and Scouts were one of 17 local groups to receive a Matching Grant in the Shire's 2017-18 round.

Scout Leader Michael Madlener, known by Scout name 'Grizzly', said the new canoes would allow the group to expand their learning and participate activities on the water. 

"These canoes have replaced ones that were probably 30 or 40 years old that were fibreglass and that 20 years ago I was patching, so they did well, but it will be nice to have canoes that don't leak!" Mr Madlener said.

"It's great because these are actually better than the old canoes so we can take three [kids] in there or potentially take two kids and gear for camping overnight so it gives us more opportunities."

Mr Madlener said the canoes were a great way for the children to keep active and provided them with enjoyment and responsibilities as they worked towards earning badges.

"The other thing with our canoes is that because we are combined guides and scouts up here, scouts get to use them, guides get to use them, but also some of the other scouts in the district also end up borrowing our canoes so it's not just our group that will be utilising them it will actually be scouts in the district," he said.

Guides leader Maxine Gallagher, or "Quenda", said there was potential for a similar sharing arrangement amongst local guides groups.

"And the same with our guides, we have regional camps up at Lake Leschenaultia. Last year we had a regional camp so we used our old canoes and I think even I lifted them there… the light weight of these compared to some of the others will be wonderful," she said.

Eastern Hills scout Billy Baker (10) said "I haven't done canoeing yet," but added he was excited about "going down rivers in [a canoe] and actually using it."

With an upcoming expedition as well as some new enthusiastic leaders starting with the group, Mr Madlener said it was an exciting time for girls and boys in the area to join the group.

"We've got some new leaders in training and we'd love to see some new scouts and guides join in and use our canoes," he said.

If you would like to know more about Eastern Hills Guides and Scouts, get in touch with Michael Madlener on 0400988090 or email Michael.madlener@thornburys.com.au

For more information about the Shire's Matching Grant and other grant programs visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au.

Please direct grants enquiries to Community Capacity Building Officer Tracey Peacock by telephone 9290 6678 or email ccbo@mundaring.wa.gov.au.

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