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Neville Tomkins OAM, JP: Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia NSW Print E-mail

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Neville Tomkins OAM JP has hit the ground running since he was welcomed as Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia (NSW Branch) on 1 August, 2016.  He has greeted the NSW Scouting community with contagious enthusiasm and expressed his vision for creating a stronger performing Branch and empowering our youth.

Container Deposit Scheme Update Print E-mail

Container Deposit Scheme Update



On 8 May 2016 the NSW Government announced its intention to pass legislation to establish a container deposit scheme to commence operation from 1 July 2017.  The NSW Government intention is to introduce a scheme similar to one that has operated in South Australia for several decades. 

NSW Government research indicates that approximately 160million containers are littered in NSW every year in bushland, creeks, rivers and the ocean.  Of these 44% are drink containers.

Scouts has been engaging with the NSW Government regarding this initiative given the opportunity for significant revenue generation for Scouts NSW and a profound contribution to improving our environment.

There are two main sources of value potential for Scouts NSW:

    1. Initial collection of containers by Scout Groups redeemed by Scouts NSW at a Scouts NSW (or other) collection depot (10c per container) with proceeds retained by the relevant Scout Group.
    2. Operation by Scouts NSW of depots to consolidate containers with revenue through a handling fee provided for each container by the Scheme Coordinator. 

General Manager, Andrew Smith is leading a project on behalf of the Board of Directors to establish the feasibility of Scouts NSW involvement in the scheme.  The feasibility study will generate a business case that looks at the costs, returns and risks of this opportunity.   He is actively managing and engaging with the State Government and other stakeholders to ensure that Scouts NSW is in a strong position to enter the market.

With the scheme already a huge success for Scouts South Australia, Andrew has visited collection centres in SA to gain further understanding of the inner-workings of this business and potential benefits for Scouts NSW.

Scouts SA, QLD and NSW are working collaboratively in this regard leveraging the considerable experience Scouts SA have accumulated in operating a Container Deposit and Recycling Business over several decades.

“This initiative has the potential to grow the revenue base of Scouts NSW in support of our great youth programs to young people State-wide,” Mr Smith said.

To ensure that the approach to government is consistent, Mr Smith is the authorised representative on behalf of Scouts to make representations regarding Container Deposit Business Development.

Regular updates will be provided as the project progresses.

Former 1st Putney Rovers Reunite After 40 Years Print E-mail


We think it's safe to say our Members make a lot of great memories in Rovers (and all the other Sections for that matter), but this especially rings true for the men who were part of the 1st Putney Rover Crew in 1976. 40 years later, they're still reminiscing. 

On August 21, 1976, the Rovers rode their 10 man bike from Sydney to Melbourne to raise money for the Microsearch Foundation. The Age newspaper even published a story about it (read here).


This year on the same date the "boys" got back on the bike and shared some old fond memories with one another. They certainly looked like they had a great time! 



Cub Scouts Celebrate 100th Birthday at Government House Sydney Print E-mail


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Sunday July 31 was a very exciting day for Cubs Scouts all across NSW, as they celebrated Cubs 100th Birthday at Government House in Sydney.

Up to 2,000 Cubs and Leaders attended the Cub Centenary Wide Game and Picnic event, including Cub Packs from the Greater Western Sydney, Hume, Hunter and Coastal, Riverina, South Coast and Tablelands, South Metropolitan, Sydney North and The Golden West Regions.

At 10am all attendees met up at Scout Place at Circular Quay to begin their observation trail wide game around the city. They wandered around to different landmarks on their maps and saw some amazing sights along the way.

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Around noon the gates were opened and Cub Packs made their way into the grounds of Government House, where they sat down on the lawn to enjoy a packed picnic lunch. The Cubs were also treated to a tour of the inside of the building.

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We learned very quickly Cub Scouts sure aren’t camera shy (and neither are the Rovers!). Cubs and Leaders were very keen to get their faces behind some of our social media frames and had lots of fun posing and pulling faces.



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The day was also very special for Doug Menzies OAM, as he made his final formal speech as Chief Commissioner of NSW. 


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Soon after, Chief Scout and Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and his wife, Mrs Linda Hurley addressed the crowd. Mrs Hurley led the Cubs in renewing their Cub Scout Promise before everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ and shouted out 1 2 3 WOLF! Once the cake was cut, everyone got their own delicious cupcake to enjoy.

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As things wrapped up, Cubs went back out into the city to explore before heading back home.

While North Coast and North West Regions were unable to join us, they still created their own fun. North West Region held their Cub Scout Celebration in Tamworth on the same day, while North Coast held their own region CubBOOM event earlier this year.

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It was such a great day overall and we thank everyone for coming along to celebrate. We hope to see you all at our next big event – Cuboree 2017!


To see all the photos we took at the Cub Picnic, visit our Flickr page

The NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People Print E-mail


The NSW Government has announced its first three year whole-of-government Strategic Plan for Children and Young people, with a focus on providing opportunities for young people to thrive and have their voices heard in their communities. 

The initiative aims to help children and young people in NSW feel safe, connected, respected and healthy, and was put together after more than four thousand children and young people from across the state were interviewed and asked to express their views. 

The plan was officially launched on July 26, 2016 and will run until 2019. 

To find out more or download the NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People, head over to the ACYP website or ACYP Facebook page.

Stan Bales Award and NSW Rover Recognition Award Recipients Print E-mail

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We are so proud of our Rovers and their consistent effort to help out at many of our Scouting events (including the Cub Centenary Wide Game and Picnic on the weekend) and in the community.

Some fantastic individuals in particular have been recognised for their great work, earning the 2016 Stan Bales Award and the new NSW Rover Recognition Award.


The 2016 Stan Bales awardees are:
Adam Butler
Luke Pullan
Mitchell Rath
Jamie-Leigh Ride


The NSW Rover Recognition Award 2016 awardees are:
Angus Boxall
Andrew Wallace
Craig Davis
Daniel Brown
Jack Temisgian
Jasmine Rothwell
Keith Critcher
Liam Pullan
Madeline Kayess
Madeleine Picard
Paul Ommundson
Simone Haider
Tristan Haider


To learn more about NSW Rover Awards, visit the NSW Rovers website or Facebook page.

2016 Adult Recognition Awards Print E-mail

Three Hundred and twenty seven Adult Members of Scouts Australia, New South Wales, were honoured by the Chief Scout of Australia, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) in the annual Adult Recognition Awards for good service, part of The Scout Association's observance of the founding of Scouting at the first Scout Camp held at Brownsea Island in the UK on 1 August 1907.

Board Announces Appointment of New Scouts Australia NSW Chief Commissioner Print E-mail

The Chief Scout of Australia has appointed Mr. Neville Tomkins OAM Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia NSW. His appointment commences on 1 August 2016.

Neville brings considerable depth of Scouting experience to the role.

He held the role of Chief Commissioner of the ACT Branch for nine years and for the last six years has been the International Commissioner for Scouts Australia.

In 2010, Neville received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the community, particularly his youth leadership roles in the Scouting movement and in 2015 was awarded the Silver Koala.

Until recently, Neville was a First Assistant Secretary with the Department of Defence and served in the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service for 25 years.

Congratulations Neville!  Stayed tuned for more information about Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner.

ScoutLink Update July 2016 Print E-mail

Automated e-mails

For Group Leaders: When a Youth Member is transferred into your Group, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of the pending transfer. When you next log in to ScoutLink, you’ll be able to Accept or Reject the transfer.

For Parents: When your child is transferred to a new Group, an email will be sent to the email address on your child’s records. You will receive the following e-mails:

  • If the “Transfer To” Group is known, you will be notified once the transfer has been accepted by the destination Group
  • If the “Transfer To” Group has not been indicated, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to indicate your intended Group, or whether you would like to resign. The email provides you with a contact email address to provide those details to.
  • After 6 months, the Youth appointment will be resigned and you will receive a ‘Termination of Appointment” email.

Email My Invoice

As a Group Leader / Formation Administration Officer, you can now have your quarterly invoice emailed to you when it is generated.

Go to your Formation Summary, and scroll down to ‘Account Details’. Select the ‘Edit’ button  and once the pop-up opens up, go to the ‘Other’ tab and select ‘Email Invoice’ as indicated below.



Please note that the Invoice will only be sent to you once at the time it is generated – on 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October respectively. 

Andrew Smith Newly Appointed General Manager of Scouts NSW Print E-mail



Andrew Smith was welcomed to the Scouts NSW family on 9 May by former Acting Chief Executive Rosalie Batistoni. Concurrent with his appointment the Scouts NSW Board has changed the title of the position from Chief Executive to General Manager.  

Andrew joins Scouts from a 36 year distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy.  His naval service included three operational deployments to the Middle East and exchange postings to the United Kingdom and United States.  

Andrew has held a number of recent senior executive positions in Defence in General Management, IT Program Management and Logistics. He is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has MBA, MSci and BComm degree qualifications. 

He has a passion for outdoor pursuits and the opportunities these provide for youth development. He is looking forward to meeting with as many of our Members as possible - please give him a warm Scout welcome.

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