Barriers to help pro­tect old church

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

RESTORA­TION of one of Aus­tralind’s iconic sites is back on track af­ter Har­vey Shire Coun­cil ap­proved fund­ing for a safety bar­rier last week.

On be­half of the Bun­bury Dioce­san Trustees, the Church of St Ni­cholas restora­tion com­mit­tee sub­mit­ted a re­quest to in­stall pedes­trian fenc­ing within the Paris Road road re­serve to help pro­tect the his­toric church.

The build­ing was sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged in 2007 and again in 2012 fol­low­ing ve­hi­cle im­pacts.

Ear­lier this year the church re­ceived $10,807 through the Her­itage Coun­cil’s grants pro­gram to re­store the build­ing, how­ever, in the sub­mis­sion to the coun­cil the com­mit­tee ad­vised they had “re­solved not to pro­ceed with this work un­til we can be as­sured that the church will be pro­tected by the black safety fenc­ing”.

The com­mit­tee of­fered to con­trib­ute $5000 to­wards the ex­pected $27,500 of fenc­ing, which will act as a buf­fer be­tween traf­fic and the church.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Kerry Haw­ley said the fund­ing “is an an­swer to a prayer,” though he cred­its com­mit­tee mem­ber Suzanne Saun­ders with the sub­mis­sion she wrote to the coun­cil, which in­cluded pho­tos of the dam­age.

“Once they (coun­cil­lors) saw the dam­age that oc­curred, I imag­ine it helped sway their de­ci­sion,” Mr Haw­ley said.

The church was built in 1844 and is listed on the shire’s Mu­nic­i­pal Her­itage In­ven­tory and the State Reg­is­ter of Her­itage Places due to its sig­nif­i­cance as an in­tact ex­am­ple of a colo­nial dwelling, and due to its con­nec­tion with fam­i­lies sig­nif­i­cant in Aus­tralind’s his­tory such as the Cliftons, the All­nuts and the Nar­roways.

“It is a valu­able his­toric record of the past and it is a part of Aus­tralind’s her­itage,” Mr Haw­ley said.

“Apart from its her­itage value, it also has value as a place of bless­ing.”

The es­ti­mated $27,500 – mi­nus the con­tri­bu­tion from the church – will be al­lo­cated in the 2018/ 2019 fi­nan­cial year bud­get.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Church of St Ni­cholas restora­tion com­mit­tee chair­man Kerry Haw­ley is pleased the restora­tion can go ahead.

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