Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell is gobsmacked as scout jamboree finance director Jean Clifford hands him a cheque for $30,000.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell is gobsmacked as scout jamboree finance director Jean Clifford hands him a cheque for $30,000. Robyne Cuerel

Scout jamboree is a gift that just keeps on giving

EDITORIAL: The Australian Scout Jamboree 2013 has proved to be the gift that keeps on giving to the Fraser Coast.

As well as being a massive boost to business while the scouts and volunteers were here in January, their donations of $60,000 to the local Lions and Rotary Clubs will go a long way towards helping our community.

The clubs worked hard during the event to keep hungry young tums well fed and watered, and it's fantastic to see the rewards from their efforts.

News that the council will also receive $30,000 to repair and upgrade infrastructure at the Maryborough showgrounds is also welcome.

The showgrounds has well and truly proved its value this year, putting the Fraser Coast on the map as a great place to house large-scale events such as the jamboree, the Ulysses AGM and the campervan and motorhome rally.

At all of these events, compliments about the facility have flown thick and fast, and we need to keep the standard high to attract future events.

But the best news to come out of yesterday's visit from the Australian Scout Jamboree representatives was that more than 700 cub scouts are expected to return to the Fraser Coast for the "Cuboree" in September next year.

This is testament to the warm welcome the Fraser Coast community, businesses and the council gave to the scouts last time they were here.

Let's make the cubs feel just as welcome as their older counterparts.



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