New Esperance Scout lease great result for all: Shire

Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Esperance Shire Council have moved to implement the new lease agreement for the Esperance Scout Group, following negotiations with Scouts WA and a number of conditions being imposed.

The motion was moved by councillor Ron Padgurskis, seconded by councillor Dale Piercey, and was carried unanimously at the Council Meeting on Tuesday afternoon, December 18.

Speaking to the motion, both councillors agreed the outcome was a great result for all parties involved.

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The new agreement outlines a number of conditions, including that the open grass area allow for public access, that the shire is able to access the grassed areas for events/activities upon notifying the Scouts and that access not be unreasonably withheld.

Conditions also included allowing for shire development on the reserve following consultation with the Scouts and that the shire continue to undertake the maintenance of the grassed area.

The move came after the Esperance Scout Group pushed to retain their original 2193 square metre lease area, with council having moved to enter a new agreement with a reduced area at the September council meeting.

The shire reduced the piece of land following the lease’s expiry to allow for potential future development and insisted the change would not impact the Scout group’s use of the land.

As one of the longest continuous Scout groups in Australia, Esperance Scout leader Carmel Halls said the space was an asset to those involved and the group were very keen to preserve the space.

A move was made by Councillor Padgurskis to lay the matter on the table during the Ordinary Council Meeting in November in order to undertake further discussions with Scouts WA.