Local Scout Op-Shop donation bins are set to disappear after an increase in dumped rubbish and donated goods being ransacked has left the scout group frustrated and bearing additional costs.
Stacks of televisions, dumped rubbish, donated goods scattered across the ground and even the occasional mattress have been regular sights at Scout Op-Shop donation points in town, leaving both staff and scout members alike “frustrated” and having to pay for some items to be removed.
From the end of the month the donation bins, which are located at the Scout Hall and IGA car park, will be removed for the foreseeable future.
Profits made from selling donated goods fund camps and activities for the local scouts, most recently covering all the costs for a scout camp to New Zealand, and First Maryborough Scout Group leader Rachael Hulls said the op-shop provides young people with opportunities they may otherwise miss out on.
“What we’re doing here is really important, the money we raise is put to amazing use for the youth of our community, we’re able to financially support them through their scouting adventure because we have the op-shop,” she said.
Once the donation bins are removed community members are still able to make donations by either dropping goods into the Scout Op-Shop, located at 62 High Street, or donation pick ups can be organised by contacting 5461-1880.
A garage sale will also be taking place at the Scout Hall on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29 where excess goods, primarily furniture, will be sold.
For more on this story see Page 11 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 7