Tom Quinn Community Centre
In the Beginning....
A vision, an idea, a dream....
The Tom Quinn Community Centre was established as a response to the shortfall in services for the disadvantaged and marginalized of our community.
"Save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity"
Through tremendous community support a derelict, neglected site has been transformed into a wonderful, friendly and safe environment for people to learn new skills, access emotional support and enjoy the company of others.
TQ's Cafe and Bush Chapel
TQ’s Café is the hub of the Tom Quinn Community Centre garden areas.
Visitors can relax at the Café and enjoy a meal and light refreshments in the serene and picturesque environment whilst planning their exploration of the other facilities offered by the centre.
The Bush Chapel is available for weddings and other celebrations
The plant nursery consists of both wholesale and retail sections including an orchid house. It propagates plants for sale to the public and to populate the lush grounds of the Centre.
The village craft shop offers a variety of crafts and bric-a-brac for sale and showcases the recycled timber products produced by trainees in the timber workshop of the Centre.
From humble beginnings...
To an oasis in the middle of Bundaberg
The Tom Quinn Community Centre was established to provide services for the disadvantaged and marginalized of our community and is a wonderful, friendly and safe environment for people to learn new skills, access emotional support and enjoy the company of others. It has a recycled timber workshop, an engineering workshop, community nursery and garden café. Many volunteers assist daily with maintaining the gardens and grounds of the Centre.
The Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre staff are experienced in managing community based programs, delivering accredited training and working with job seekers. This includes managing a variety of employment and training programs funded by both State and Federal Government.
The Centre facilitates a range of Queensland Government funded Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs aimed at assisting the unemployed into the workforce with a combination of training and skills development and is host to Work for the Dole participants in the gardens, workshops and café.
The Centre is the Bundaberg Campus of Booth College (RTO 0328) which offers the following accredited training courses:
Certificate II Hospitality (SIT20316), Certificate III Hospitality (SIT30616),
Certificate II Retail Services (SIR20212), Certificate III Retail Operations (SIR30212),
Certificate II Business (BSB20115), Certificate III Business Administration (BSB30415),
Certificate I Conservation and Land Management (AHC10116), Certificate II Horticulture (AHC20416),
Commercial Operator Licence - Chemical,
Certificate I Construction (CPC1011),
Certificate I Access to Vocational Pathways (FSK10113), Certificate I Skills for Vocational Pathways (FSK10213)
Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways (FSK20113)
Tom Quinn Community Centre Alternative School (Bungara)
In an innovative development that is a response to the needs of young people the Centre has been accredited by Independent Schools Queensland as the site for an independent school called “Bungara”. It is currently taking male students aged 12-14.
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8 Killer Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670
PO Box 5315
Bundaberg West QLD 4670
Phone: (07) 4153 3557
Fax: (07) 4151 1746