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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Two Hunter-based Girl Guide Halls welcome upgrades

Girl Guides across the Hunter are set to welcome upgrades to two of their homes.   

The East Maitland and Lambton-Mayfield guide halls will be renovated as part of a $1 million allocation to repair and improve Girl Guide facilities across NSW.

The funding for East Maitland will include repairs at the hall and an extension to its outdoor awning.

The works at the Lambton-Mayfield site will involve the installation of a new stove and safety power box, a new exterior kitchen door, new ceiling fans, exterior cladding, ceiling installation, and replacement of fluorescent lights with LED lights.

“Girl Guides offers young girls from age five to 17 with fun, friendship and adventure and this work will help empower them with safe facilities to grow and develop leadership skills while contributing to the community,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack said.

These sites are just two of the 14 set for a makeover, which Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said was a win-win for the guide halls and local tradespeople.

She added the program was “about supporting jobs and economic activity in communities that have been battling as a result of the pandemic’s impacts on business and other activities”.

Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Chief Executive, Helen White, said the stimulus funding would make a big difference.

“COVID-19 has been a difficult time, but we’ve maintained contact through online activities including indoor scavenger hunts, creating poppy wreaths for Anzac Day, and putting together community hampers,” she said.

“Good facilities are fundamental to both indoor and outdoor guiding and the funding will allow us to continue offering quality activities, adventures and dynamic educational programs as we transition back to safe, in-person activities.

“This stimulus funding is a great opportunity to strengthen our infrastructure to prepare for our next century of giving girls and young women a place to grow.”

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