Construction has started on a new Scout adventure activity centre for Burnside Heights.
Work on the 600-square-metre hub, which will be located next to Burnside Heights Reserve, started last week, with a crowd of more than 50 people turning out for a ground-breaking ceremony.
Western Metropolitan MP Cesar Melhem said the $3.2 million project would help cater for the growing needs of the scouting community.
“Melton’s Scout community is growing – that’s why we’re getting behind them to help fund this new centre,” he said.
“This is about making sure the western suburbs have the best facilities for our booming population.”
The centre will include a multi-purpose activity space with an adventure education centre, equipment storage area, a kitchen, toilets, meeting rooms, an office and a foyer.
The centre will serve as the headquarters of the Caroline Springs Scout Group, which has outgrown its current facility.
The group consists of 160 youth members and 25 adult Scout leaders.
The new centre will provide the group with the capacity to expand its membership to
The state government will contribute $500,000 from its Growing Suburbs Fund towards the project, while Melton council will contribute $250,000.
Scouts Victoria will shoulder the lion’s share of the costs, contributing $1 million.
The centre is expected to be completed by August.
For more information on the Caroline Springs Scout Group visit: facebook.com/CarolineSpringsScouts/