State her­itage hon­ours for Proser­pine church

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PROSER­PINE’S St Paul’s Angli­can Church has re­cently been en­tered in the Queens­land Her­itage Reg­is­ter.

Queens­land Her­itage Coun­cil (QHC) Chair, Pro­fes­sor Peter Coal­drake, said the church, com­pleted in 1959, was one of a se­ries of churches de­signed by renowned Cairns ar­chi­tect, Ed­die Oribin.

“Oribin, who was born in Cairns in 1927, pro­duced a range of in­no­va­tive and unique build­ings in far north Queens­land be­tween 1953 and 1973,” Pro­fes­sor Coal­drake said.

“Like all of Oribin’s churches, St Paul’s Angli­can Church demon­strates the evo­lu­tion of church ar­chi­tec­ture in Queens­land in the post-WWII pe­riod when churches sought to be­come more rel­e­vant to mod­ern so­ci­ety.

“Rather than copy­ing styles from the past, ar­chi­tects ex­per­i­mented with com­bin­ing tra­di­tional church el­e­ments, sym­bols and func­tions with new con­struc­tion tech­niques, ma­te­ri­als and forms.”

Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion, An­drew Pow­ell, said St Paul’s Angli­can Church was a dis­tinc­tive build­ing of ex­cep­tional ar­chi­tec­tural qual­ity.

“The church con­tin­ues to be highly val­ued by the par­ish which has taken great care to pre­serve and main­tain it,” Mr Pow­ell said.

“My depart­ment has been work­ing with the par­ish to as­sist with the fu­ture man­age­ment of the prop­erty.”

At their meet­ing last week, the Queens­land Her­itage Coun­cil en­tered two other Oribin-de­signed prop­er­ties—Oribin Stu­dio in Cairns and St Paul’s Angli­can Church in Proser­pine—in the Queens­land Her­itage Reg­is­ter.

The Queens­land Her­itage Coun­cil is the State’s in­de­pen­dent ad­vi­sor on her­itage mat­ters and determines what places are en­tered in the Queens­land Her­itage Reg­is­ter. Places en­tered in the Her­itage Reg­is­ter are con­sid­ered of im­por­tance to Queens­land’s his­tory and are pro­tected un­der her­itage leg­is­la­tion.

HER­ITAGE LISTED: St Paul’s Angli­can Church, on Proser­pine’s Main Street, has re­cently been en­tered in the Queens­land Her­itage Reg­is­ter.

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