Scouts Tasmania has negotiated the sale of two halls to help fund financial commitments as part of the national redress scheme for child abuse victims.
But the real estate downturn due to COVID-19 meant the final prices were lower than expected, while the organisation still expects to face future financial hurdles as the scheme continues until 2027.
The Harry Abbott hall on St Georges Square in East Launceston sold for $750,000 in late April, with the settlement set for June 11.
The Lenah Valley scout hall in New Town also sold last month, but the sale price could not be disclosed as the settlement was not until late July.
The two halls were believed to have the highest value in Scouts Tasmania's property portfolio.
An offer has been made for the Scout's Kaloma Lodge and campsite at Wynyard, with the sale dependent on the buyer's financing.
The property sales were a result of a larger-than-anticipated demand for redress from the organisation. Scouts Tasmania immediately chose to opt-in to the redress scheme.
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Scouts Tasmania president Corey McGrath said the coronavirus pandemic had impacted the final result.
"In these COVID times, it may not have generated the amount that we potentially would have liked to have received," he said.
The closing date for the national redress scheme was June 30, 2027, but applications could still be considered for the following 12 months.
Mr McGrath said Scouts Tasmania anticipated a rush at the start of the scheme, which occurred, but further applications were also likely in the coming years.
He said the loss of membership fees during 2020 was likely to further impact the organisation's immediate finances.
"It's still an unknown for us what the future will bring," Mr McGrath said.
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"Selling those properties gets us out of immediate danger, but we may have to look at future sales if we get future cases. We only have a finite number of halls, and the ones that are left are of lower value."
The Harry Abbott hall was largely hired out to other organisations, while the Rover Scouts used the downstairs area. They have been able to find an alternative base.
The Lenah Valley hall was the location of Scouts musical rehearsals and the search for a new location continues.
Mr McGrath said Scouts have still been able to participate in online gatherings to practice cooking from home and craft activities. Face-to-face meetings could resume once Stage 3 in the lifting of restrictions occurs.