First Clare Scout group can now plan their move

Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council Councillors passed a motion to allow the First Clare Scout Group to build on the former Clare Swimming Pool site at Monday night’s meeting. 

Clare Scout Group representative Catherine Balfour-Ogilvy was excited to hear the news on Monday night and said it was ‘really, really awesome’. 

“What we are excited about is the opportunity to have a shared space,” Ms Balfour-Ogilvy said. 

“To be so close to the wetlands it’s absolutely fantastic for us to be at that site.” 

“Everyone is really excited about this opportunity.”

Ms Balfour-Ogilvy thanked council and its administration team for the help and support the group received during this process. 

She felt council saw the vision of the scout group and have understood the potential outcomes and plans. 

“It’s just a really cool and neat project for the families of Clare and the district.”

It was back in 2008 when the First Clare Scout Group and Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council discussed their plans for the future. 

Unable to stay in the current building (on Main North Rd) the group set out to find a new location. 

They approached both Clare Showgrounds and Clare Racecourse and worked with them on potential ideas, but both proposals unfortunately fell through. 

However, the scout group was approached by council about vacant land opportunities and the potential sites available – the former pool site was selected. 

The group further got together, presented a deputation to council, further information was presented and a motion was put forward.

CGVC chief executive officer, Roy Blight said it was great news for the group to now finally be able to move forward and enjoy building their new premise. 

“Hopefully now we are underway,” Mr Blight said. 

Not only was this a positive outcome for the group, Mr Blight said council had good feedback from the service clubs who were all keen to work together – from Lions (and the Wetlands Project), to Rotary and more. 

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