Monday, 16 May 2022

Guides campsite at Mon Repos gets cooking

Guides and visitors to the Elouera Campsite at Mon Repos will be cooking up a storm thanks to an upgrade funded through the Stronger Communities Programme. 

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt visited the campsite recently to see the new kitchen installed by local tradies. 

“Guides Queensland received a $13,990 grant to upgrade the kitchen at Elouera Campsite which has hosted numerous school groups, youth, disability and community groups,” Mr Pitt said. 

“It’s a fantastic facility for community groups and the new kitchen included a stainless-steel benchtop and new cupboards, which is important for safe food preparation. 

“More than 60 projects across the Hinkler electorate have received funding through the Stronger Communities Programme. 

“Projects have included a portable BBQ trailer, shade sails and marquees, air conditioning in community halls and clubhouses, a community run café, a wheelchair accessible bus, improved disability access, upgraded changing rooms and much more.” 

Girl Guide Elouera Campsite president Katrine Rayner said the grant to upgrade the kitchen was a real boost for the not-for-profit organisation. 

“It takes a lot of fundraising to be able to upgrade our facilities, so the Stronger Communities Programme has meant we could get the work done sooner to make it more usable for guests and visitors,” Ms Rayner said. 

“We get around 800-900 guests a year and with travel restrictions eased and the upgraded amenities we hope to see that number increase. 

“The campsite is located on a 485 hectare reserve and is walking distance to Mon Repos beach and the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. 

“We have a bunk house, leaders bedroom, room for grass camping, the full equipped kitchen as well as under-cover dining, a BBQ area and a campfire circle.” 

The Elouera Campsite was opened in the 1960s after Guides Queensland were given a recreation lease by the State Government. 

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