Scouts give $90,000 to council and charities after jamboree
THE Fraser Coast got an economic boost in January, when thousands of Scouts arrived for a jamboree, and the Scouts have kept on giving.
Jamboree director Pieter Van Der Kamp and financial director Jean Clifford on Thursday presented more than $90,000 to the Fraser Coast Regional Council and local charities.
Local Lions and Rotary club branches were presented with more than $60,000.
The money was raised after more than $200,000 worth of equipment was sold after the jamboree ended, smashing the previous record of $74,000 set in 2004.
Mrs Clifford said the donations were a way of thanking the council.
"The council had a large bill after the jamboree, fixing roads damaged by buses," she said.
"When you realise we had 75 buses travelling on showground roads each day ... and the roads just weren't built for that."
"We found the jamboree had made a surplus so we decided to donate $30,000 to the council."
Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the donation was completely unexpected.
"This is a first as far as I know and we are very humbled," he said.
"This money will be used to repair and upgrade infrastructure and facilities at the showgrounds and we are truly grateful.
"They were on good terms with us before yesterday but they're always welcome back."