The new Tivoli celebrates blockbuster opening
- Published on Tuesday 20 December, 2016
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L-R – MEGT Apprenticeship Field Consultant Kyle Brault, Glory City Church West Executive Pastor Fred Muys, MEGT Field Operations Manager Ry Collins (pictured with the plaque for the new Community Centre).
In December 2015, the Tivoli Drive-In, along with help from MEGT and the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative, began a major transformation which offered employment and training opportunities to the local community.
The drive-in, located near Ipswich in south-east Queensland gets 75,000 visitors a year and all profits go to charity. Three years ago, the venue was going to close unless funds could be raised to keep it open. Glory City Church West, the owners of the Tivoli, put out a call to raise $100,000 for a new digital projector. After receiving a State Government grant of $538,000, this vision grew, allowing the drive-in to be completely transformed, including a community centre and new stage.
A year on and Glory City Church West has just unveiled their new community centre. A key part of this vision was the 36 unemployed locals hired to rebuild the venue. In November 2015, MEGT signed up local workers to complete a Certificate I in Construction as they worked and gained practical experience in building the new community centre and stage.
After twelve months of construction by SQW participants and MEGT apprentices, overseen by Executive Pastor Fred Muys, the new community centre will be used to host the church’s Food Hamper Co-Op which assists up to 120 local families each week by providing low cost or free groceries.
Pastor Fred Muys, who runs the Tivoli, explained last year how important the venue was to the local community.
“We have been very committed to using the centre both to create employment and provide work experience for unemployed people, to make it a learning centre for people who are disadvantaged and to provide entertainment for families,” he said.
There are now further plans for the Tivoli to offer vocational and employment skills training in building and construction as well as event management and administration opportunities.
Well done to all involved!