How we’re helping Bunya Park Scout Group ‘be prepared’ for all seasons

Come rail, hail or shine, the Bunya Park Scout Group of Toowoomba will be prepared for all seasons following the installation of new insulation in their hall thanks to a grant from Inland Rail’s Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

Inland Rail representative, Belinda Scott-Toms with Bunya Park Scout Group members

Bunya Park Scout Group is attended by around 60 young people who meet each week to participate in fun and challenging activities that help develop skills in leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and communication.

Group Leader, Alexander Brown said the Bunya Park Scout Group gives young people in Toowoomba and surrounds the opportunity to participate in, organise and lead adventurous activities with training held at their hall and outdoors.

“Our Scouts take part in a range of outdoor activities from ‘traditional Scouting skills’ such as camping and bushcraft, through to more extreme challenges such as abseiling, overnight hiking, canoeing and rock climbing,” Mr Brown said.

“Our hall is integral to our program, so we’ll be using Inland Rail’s grant to employ a local business to install insulation in the ceiling and under the floorboards to make the space warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Scouting aims to help young people achieve their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their communities.

“Improving our facilities will benefit our Scout group and the wider community as we offer our hall as a cost-effective space for other local groups to meet,” Mr Brown said.

The Bunya Park Scout Group meets every Wednesday and Friday evening at their Scout hall on Geoffrey Street in Mount Lofty. Visit their Facebook page to find out more.

The Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program offers funding between $1,000 and $4,000 for individuals and organisations in regional areas along the route that contribute to local and regional prosperity, wellbeing, and sustainability.

Applications for the current round of funding close on 30 April 2022.

We encourage you to check your funding eligibility and apply. Please include as much information as you can to tell the story of what you want to achieve and how it will benefit your community.

For more information, please visit our website or contact your local engagement representative who will be happy to provide advice and answer any questions:

  • for applicants based between Whetstone and Gowrie, please contact Belinda Scott-Toms via 0428 079 508 or
  • for applicants based between North Star and Whetstone, please contact Emily Louden via 0439 773 413 or

IMAGE: Inland Rail representative, Belinda Scott-Toms with Bunya Park Scout Group members

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