Fremantle’s St John’s Anglican Church receives helping hand in repairs

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ST John’s Anglican Church in Fremantle has received a heritage grant of more than $87,000 to help maintain the historic building.

The State Government program, overseen by the Heritage Council, offers dollar for dollar funding of up to $100,000 to help private owners conserve and revitalise their properties.

Reverend Patrick King said the church applied for the grant through the diocese.

“The process involved identifying the critical elements of work that needed to be addressed as a matter of urgency, documenting the required works and obtaining quotes for that scope of work,” he said.

“The most critical element involves foundation underpinning in a corner of the building that has suffered from below ground subsidence.”

Fr Patrick said they were pleased to receive the funding, with work expected to start early next year.

“The project will help us to repair and remediate some much neglected elements of the building and provide a basis for future repairs and improvements,” he said.

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said Heritage Grants Program enabled the State Government to partner with the owners of heritage buildings to preserve their properties, and she encouraged Fremantle building owners to apply for future rounds.

“The State Government is pleased to help preserve St John’s in good working order,” she said.

“Along with the Town Hall, St John’s will remain a key community and heritage feature of the redeveloped Kings Square, so the timing couldn’t be better.”