Major makeover for the scouts activity centre at Cataract

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The scouts activity centre at Cataract, less than half an hour’s drive from Campbelltown, offers a wide range of activities, from abseiling to caving, obstacle courses, bushwalking and water slides.

A $440,000 upgrade to facilities means even more people can enjoy what the site has to offer.

Improvements to accommodation facilities, including the construction of four individual family rooms, each with its own ensuite, were part of the makeover.

Internal cladding was also installed to ensure the temperature inside each dwelling is well-regulated so guests can stay at the site in comfort.

In addition, a separate accessible amenities block – including two adaptable toilets and showers, with handrails and a lowered basin for wheelchair users – was constructed.

The new accommodation at campsite 8, and, above, an aerial shot of the water slide at Cataract activity centre.

Further improvements included traffic calming speed bumps, balustrades, security lighting, and improved first aid equipment including a defibrillator onsite.

Funding for the upgrades came from the Crown Reserve Improvement Fund.

“Scouts NSW is always looking for ways to improve the experience of visiting our campsites,’’ says Shane Simmons, Scouts NSW executive manager of operations, community and growth.

“By adding new permanent accommodation, including ensuites, it creates fresh options for all our visitors, especially community groups looking for an alternative venue for their event.

“We appreciate the opportunity the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund Program grant has given us to develop and upgrade these facilities to build Cataract’s appeal now and into the future.”

Local MP Greg Warren also welcomed the makeover at Cataract.

“These upgrades supported by the NSW Government will mean young and young-at-heart people can come and stay for a good length of time,” he said.

“The significant improvements will give parents confidence that their children can enjoy the Australian bush in safety.”

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