New pres­bytery for Star of Sea

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THE Catholic Star of the Sea church in Pep­per­mint Grove will get a new pres­bytery and par­ish cen­tre to re­place a build­ing that is be­ing de­mol­ished so a neigh­bour­ing school can build a health cen­tre and car park.

The Pres­by­te­rian Ladies’ Col­lege ad­di­tions will be on McNeil Street.

“It will mean bet­ter car park­ing ac­cess for our par­ish­ioners and we’ll also have ac­cess to the col­lege’s well­ness cen­tre,” Star of the Sea priest James D’Souza said.

At last month’s meet­ing, Pep­per­mint Grove Coun­cil ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion from the Catholic Church to build a new two-storey par­ish cen­tre and priest’s house on the south side of the church on Stir­ling High­way.

Fa­ther D’Souza said the costs were still be­ing dis­cussed.

PLC got per­mis­sion to build the health cen­tre, un­der­croft park­ing and a deck for sports from a Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel last Septem­ber.

In March, the coun­cil re­zoned the large church site as a pri­vate club and in­sti­tu­tion, with R80 res­i­den­tial zon­ing.

A coun­cil re­port said the de­sign of the new priest’s house and cen­tre com­ple­mented the her­itage-listed church, which would be four me­tres to the north.

Picture; Jon Bas­set

Fa­ther D’Souza with the plans for the new presytery and par­ish cen­tre.

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