Scouts prepared to take hit from Coast camp takeover
SUNSHINE Coast Scout leader Rob Cullen says his organisation will take a financial hit when Seqwater takes over its Lake Macdonald camp during a dam wall rebuilding project.
But the Scouts Queensland Suncoast region commissioner was convinced a temporary move from Camp Cooroora would benefit the wider Noosa and Sunshine Coast communities.
"To what extent they will require the land we don't know," Mr Cullen said.
"We are going with it as if they are going to take the whole lot."
Seqwater wants to use the site for about two years while it rebuilds the Lake Macdonald dam wall.
It wants the Scouts cleared out by February next year.
"Even though it is disappointing, we acknowledge these things need to be done," Mr Cullen said.
He said the camp was busy nearly every weekend with a mix of Scout and Girl Guide camps or caravan, pony and four-wheel-drive clubs.
Losing that income stream for two years will have an impact on the movement.
"It's like starting a business from scratch again."
He said the change would disrupt youth activities but it wouldn't stop them.
Activities will be moved to other camps at Dunethin Rock and Landsborough where possible.
Mr Cullen said he expected a meeting would be held before the end of the month to confirm plans for the takeover.
"I've got to acknowledge Seqwater has given us a long lead into this.
"They have been very respectful of Scouts."