Scout Hall to get new lease on life

Above l to r: Rodney O’Brien (Crown Lands), handing over keys to Rotary President David Kanaley, Angie Wetzler (Crown Lands), Wendy Mulligan and Hans HIetbrink
28th Nov 2023

The Rotary Club of Guyra was last week handed the keys to the former Guyra Scout Hall.
Rotary has taken on the role of Crown Land Manager for the hall which has fallen into disrepair over recent years.
It is a first for the club, as no other Rotary clubs in NSW have been granted Crown Land Manager status to date.
Rotary President David Kanaley said that this is a long term project and that the hall needs considerable repair before it can be made fit for purpose as a community facility.
Works needed include replacing stumps, repairing openings in the eaves and roof, fixing drainage, replacing or fixing old windows, updating the toilets and kitchen, repainting inside and out, installing a disability access ramp and handrails and fixing other building issues.
The Rotary Club of Guyra had applied for a Crown Reserves Improvement Fund grant of $145,000, but additional funding will be necessary. The project will only proceed if grant funding becomes available.
The Hall in its current state is unused and unusable. This project will restore the Hall and bring it up to current community use and occupation standards.
Rotary plans to use the hall for its meetings and for storing and sorting books for the Book Fair. In addition, it would be available for use by community groups or organisations for their meetings, or as an educational facility.
For those interested in the Hall’s history, the old Scout Hall comprises two buildings which were former schools in remote areas of the Guyra District: Everett School, built c.1941 and Moggs Swamp School, built c.1943. They were moved to the current site in the 1970s by the Guyra Scouts.