Honouring our Responsibility to Survivors
Dear Scouters and Scout Friends,
We currently face our greatest impending financial challenge. In essence, we require a significant cash holding after insurances in order to meet our obligations to Survivors under the National Redress Scheme.
In May 2018 the BEC approved the drawing together of a proposed Branch Contingency Fund with the requirement that the Fund will first be used to satisfy survivor liability and subject to BEC approval will secondly also be used to reinvest asset back into Scouting.
The Chief Commissioner, CEO and their senior teams have all had input and consultation prior to this contingency plan being finalised. As a result of that consultation a list of properties for sale has been approved by the Branch Executive Committee.
A number of factors determined the listing:
· The property was not currently being used by Scout Groups and particularly Youth Members.
· Age and state of repair of the building and projected cost of repairs and upkeep.
· Location to a Scouting Demographic.
· Operational use by Districts or Activity Groups.
· Availability of alternative venues.
· The need for immediate funding.
These Halls do not have current Scout Groups operating in them nor are they being used for regular Youth member activities. Whilst some of these buildings are currently hired to pay for the outgoings for each property, there are other alternative meeting places within those Districts to achieve the Scout ‘operational’ needs. These properties are Branch assets that are not being utilised to their full potential. We will re-invest any surplus funds back into Scouting for the betterment of the organisation.
The Halls Listed are Quorn, Kingscote, Snowtown, Mount Compass, Cummins, Peterborough, Kingston, Henley Beach (Archives) and Gilles Plains.
Members will already be in no doubt about this obligation, but we know that you understand our responsibilities to our National Redress Scheme applicants and to act in the best interests of the Association.
If you have any questions please contact the Branch HQ.
Harry Long Dan Ryan
Chief Commissioner CEO