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Speech in Parliament – Save Ermington Scout Hall

I rise to speak about a Bennelong institution that finds itself under threat.

The 1st Ermington Scout Group Hall has been located on Kissing Point Road for over 50 years. Thousands of sausage sizzles and even more scouts have made this Hall an integral part of the local community.

We all know the excellent work of the scouting movement – helping our young people stay fit and engaged while connecting with their local community.

Their home is an integral part of this and has been sustained by community grants and donations from local groups, organisations and individuals.

People have always dug deep for their local Scout Hall.

However, the lease holder of the property, Sydney Water, has recently informed Ermington Scouts their lease will not be renewed.

There is a genuine fear in the community that the land will instead be sold to a developer.

Development and urban renewal are a benefit to the community but only when done appropriately. Clearly, the destruction of a community asset like the Ermington Scout Hall does not qualify as appropriate development.

I stand here in Parliament and call on Sydney Water to maintain this important Scout Hall and community facility.

I stand side-by-side with the people of Ermington and will be joining them on Sunday for a community meeting to try to save the 1st Ermington Scout Group Hall.