Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Upgraded Albany camp facility takes flight

    7/05/2016 9:30 AM
    • New kitchen and dining facility courtesy of $93,577 grant from the State Government's Gaming Community Trust 

    Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt today opened the new 'Flightdeck' kitchen and dining facility at a popular campsite 12 kilometres north of the Albany CBD.


    The State Government's Gaming Community Trust provided $93,577 to Scouts WA, who manage the campsite, to upgrade the building at Gilcreek Scout Camp in Lower King.


    Mr Holt said the new Flightdeck provided a safe and clean environment for visiting groups to prepare and serve meals.


    "Many groups from regional and metropolitan areas such as universities, church and school groups use the Gilcreek site," he said.


    "Their experience will now be enhanced by the new kitchen and dining facility."


    Works at the site included the removal of old, unsafe and unserviceable cladding materials and recladding the interior and exterior of the building.  New timber doors were also installed and the window frames replaced with aluminium for durability.


    The renovations were carried out by Albany company J & W Brade.


    The Flightdeck was originally constructed at Busselton Airstrip for use during WWII before serving as the departure lounge at Albany Airport until the late 1980s.  It was then transported to its current Norwood Road site.


    Scouts WA is a community-based, not-for-profit and registered charitable organisation which has more than 7,500 members.


    Fact File

    • Money from the Gaming Community Trust is derived from unclaimed winnings in Western Australia as well as gaming operations at Crown Casino
    • The Gaming Community Trust was established in 2002 to provide advice and make recommendations to the Minister for Racing and Gaming on the distribution of funds and grants for the general benefit of the community 

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