YOUTH ENGAGEMENT: Year 10 students from Monto State High are helping out the Rex Restoration Project.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT: Year 10 students from Monto State High are helping out the Rex Restoration Project. Jack Lawrie

Youths share the history

A SCHOOL project to work on the Rex Restoration Project is intended to provide young people the opportunity to get involved in their community.

Year 10 students from Monto State High School will lend their assistance to reviving the old Rex Theatre building, brainstorming ideas and eventually helping out with the practical work.

PE Teacher Anthony Gronert and Junior Secondary Head Stacey Hyland came up with the idea to get students involved in community projects to make students feel more connected with the area they live in.

"We've been working with the primary school and our own school helping out but this is our big project going through to next term,” Mr Gronert said.

On their second visit to the theatre, Rex Restoration Project leader Carly Baker-Burnham got all the students in a circle to come up with ideas on how the space could be used once it was fixed up.

Many students were interested in the idea of reviving it as an old school movie theatre.

Others suggested school social events like dances could be held in the building.

Mrs Baker-Burnham said it was important to get young people involved in projects like this.

"I think the youth of Monto have so much to offer,” Mrs Baker-Burnham said.

"Opportunities for them are diminishing all the time, so if they can feel part of the growth and the change, it'll serve them well.”

The end goal of the year 10s project is to host a fund-raising event at the theatre.

Progress on The Rex project has been quiet since the first big day back in February 26 where volunteers from all over town were helping out.

Mrs Baker-Burnham said they've been applying for grants since then and have had a few leads, but progress was slow.

"It's quite a challenge to raise funds but we're working on a launch event, which is what the Year 10 process will go towards,” she said.

"There's lots of admin and background stuff happening.”


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