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Who We Are

Meet some of the people that make us great!

Joey Leader

Luke is full of fun, and the Joeys love him and his crazy hats. Joeys call him “Dingo.” Luke loves using his caravan and fishing.

Cub Leader

Deb is a highly experienced Cub Leader and does an amazing job keeping 30-40 cubs challenged, interested and active. She is called “Akela,” the head of the Cub wolf pack.

Scout Leader

An ex Rover, Trevor (Croc) has been around the scene for a while. He’s recently taken on the role of Scout Leader and is very encouraging for his Scouts to “get out there and give it a go.”

Venturer Leaders

Previously a very active Scout Leader, Rick (Fish) has seen many children grow up within the group.  He loves 4WDing and camping.  He took on the role of Venturer Leader a couple of years ago, and is doing a fantastic job mentoring the young adults to challenge themselves.



History of Heany Park Scout Group

From Serena and Norm Soloman

Additional Information on 3rd Knox (1981 – 1990) Malcolm Bangs


3rd Knox

  • 1965/66/67 3rd Knox Scout Group started in someone’s garage
  • Salvation Army Group (blue, red, yellow)
    • From around 1981 – Backed/Supported by the Salvation army FTG – Not a Salvo group persey. Although up until around 1983 the scarf did have Salvation Army Patch on the back
    • 1981 – GL was Dick Finch
    • 1981 – 1982 – Cubs, Barghera then Akela – Denise Coates
    • 1982 – Scouts ‘RB – Red Baron’ – John Coates, ‘Boson’ ? ‘Buffer’ – David Bangs, Geoff? Horan
    • Venturer Unit Started by David Bangs around 1983, initially boarding with 4th Knox Venturers Original members included Steven Verity, Marcus Ferwerda. Jenny Bangs & Geoff Fluck (Later GL) joined as Leaders
    • Cubs, Scouts & Venturers (after gaining enough members) met at the Salvation Army Hall Wattletree Rd Ferntree Gully up until around 1984/85? when the relationship appeared to dissolve after Major Ling (Salvation Army) moved on from Wattletree Road and was replaced by Major Savage.
  • Cubs & Scouts moved to general purpose room, Mountain Gate Primary School
    • Venturers met at the Salvation Army facility at The Basin with the help of Major Coleman. This was short lived and the Venturers then met at the Bangs’ Back Yard for a short period of time.
    • 1985 – Steven Verity & Jodie …….? Awarded their Queen’s Scout.
    • Late 1985? David Bangs went to District, Geoff Fluck became GL. 3rd Knox met at Norvel Road (8th Knox), with the agreement to help start and build their Venturer Unit Jenny Bangs & Ron Tazare Leaders. Later Joined by Steve ……..?
    • From 1986 – 1989, the 3rd Knox Venturer numbers began to dwindle – mainly due to the lack of connection and communication with the Cubs and Scouts. in essence we became 3/8th Knox Venturers, 8th Knox began to flourish as a Unit. Jenny Bangs, Ron Tazare & Steve……? had left by 1988?
    • Around late 88 early 1989, only 3 3rd Knox Venturers remained Malcolm Bangs, Andrew Livingstone & ???
    • All leaders & the majority of Venturers were now 8th Knox. It was politely requested that the 3rd Knox members either join or move on.
    • Malcolm Bangs, contacted Ian Bowler (4th Knox VL) and requested to board. Met with open arms.
    • It would be safe to say from as late as mid 1988, there was little to no communication between the 3rd Knox Cubs/Scouts and it’s Venturer Unit. Primarily due to the meeting in different venues, the change in Leaders overtime from 3rd to 8th Knox etc.
    • 1990 Malcolm Bangs Awarded Queen’s Scout – Spent some time (around 12 months) with the 4th Knox Rover Crew (still afforded 3rd Knox Identity), whilst trying to stay in touch with the remaining 2 Venturers Boarding at 4th. I believe that Andrew was still there in late 1990 mid 91?

  • Leaders were Celia Ellis, Norm Soloman
  • 1996 first Cubs in Knox to earn yellow cord (Grey Wolf equivalent) – Keith Soloman, Josh Heritage, Stephen Williams
  • yellow cords made by Serena Williams and Phil Heritage
  • Serena Soloman joined as a Leader
  • became too expensive to remain at school hall

3rd Knox / Lysterfield

  • relocated to the soccer club on Dandelion Drv Rowville for a short time but this was not suitable
  • Group renamed 3rd Knox / Lysterfield
  • Colloquially known as “3rd Knox Nomads”
  • around 1999 moved to 1st Rowville Scout hall
  • offered a block of land in Lakesfield Drv Lysterfield but hall never built due to resident concerns over traffic and noise
  • In the year 2000 Knox Council offered the use of the old activity centre at Heany Park as a permanent home

Heany Park

  • 2001 given permission to change Group name to Heany Park
  • the hall was officially opened and named in honour of the then camp warden John Ford
  • Leaders were Norm, Serena and Keith Soloman, Craig Ellis
  • Group Leader was Ken Aroin
  • lots of work done around the hall – level the ground at the side and parade ground, build the rotor loo, timber lining inside the hall.