NEWS 14 www.communitynews.com.au June 12, 2019 Resurrection for church JUST one year after the Pinjarra community began fundraising for major repairs to St John’s Church, the historic building was reopened before a big crowd last Thursday. More than 100 donors and sponsors and others with a strong connection to the church building gathered to celebrate the reopening after conservation work to address damage to the roof and walls that was threatening the building. Murray Shire President David Bolt said the church had held key events and occasions. He said it was a celebration of the town at its best, with stakeholders collaborating to protect an asset of considerable sentimental value for people not only in the Shire of Murray but further afield. Many had associations with early settlers, some of whom were buried in the churchyard. Many representatives of Pinjarra’s founding families helped raise $170,000 as part of the appeal efforts coordinated by the Shire of Murray that, together with a $130,000 Shire contribution, enabled the conservation works to be held. The Bishop of Bunbury, the Right Reverend Dr Ian Dr Christine Allen and Shire of Murray environment co-ordinator Tom Lerner check out Cantwell Park. Bank on planting support VOLUNTEERS are sought to help plant 5000 seedlings along the banks of the Murray River in Pinjarra on June 15 for World Environment Day. Planting in the Park will be held in Cantwell Park between 9am and 12.30pm. The day, shifted one week forward due to bad weather, has been made possible through funding from the Alcoa Foundation and Shire of Murray. It is part of Alcoa’s Three Rivers partnership with Greening Australia that aims to improve the health of the Murray, Serpentine and Harvey rivers. A free sausage sizzle with a vegetarian option and a bag of native seeds will be given to each family that takes part. Environment and community information and activities will also be available, including a chance to meet black cockatoos, learn more about the benefits of planting flora for native birds and what’s involved with worm farms. Murray Shire President David Bolt said protection and enhancement of the environment over the next 10 years was a community priority. “It is through collaboration with the community and other stakeholders that we will be most effective in the achievement of this feat,’’ he said. “Let’s rally together for World Environment Day to take another positive step toward Murray’s environmental conservation and sustainability.” Pinjarra Rector Rev. James Tabor, Bishop of Bunbury Rev. Dr Ian Coutts and Murray Shire President David Bolt at the re-opened church. Pictures: Jon Hewson Coutts, who in January formally deconsecrated the Church and handed the keys to Cr Bolt after the signing of an agreement that named the local government as the new owners, was at the reopening. “The St John’s Church conservation project is an apt example of what can be achieved when the community and Shire work together to deliver communitydriven initiatives,’’ he said. The Shire will now work christenings and networking events. Cr Bolt said the Shire was also collaborating with Edenvale Homestead User Groups and founding family representatives to explore other community, tourism and educational opportunities. “As one of the oldest structures in Pinjarra, St John’s Church and its churchyard are integral components of the Edenvale Homestead Heritage Precinct,” he said. to promote the building through hire opportunities, including for weddings, Take $5K off your block, close to it all! Within walking distance of schools, shops and the beach A central park at Ocean Hill will be a place where the whole community can come together to see glorious sunsets, enjoy entertainment and celebrate nature. Creating a walkway from the top of the estate to Mandurah Road, our lots for sale have $5K* off for a limited time only. Get in quick – offer ends June 30! Prices from just $110,000 with an additional $5K* off. 225sqm – 450sqm. Find your perfect home. Contact Tony Netto on 6117 3017 today or visit us at 30 Cascade Road, Lakelands (just off Mandurah Road) oceanhill.com.au *Terms and Conditions | Legal Disclaimer apply. Visit satterley.com.au/terms-andconditions or enquire within the Land and Sales Information Office for more details.
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