Agreement signed for handover of St John’s Church at Pinjarra

Murray Shire president David Bolt and chief executive Dean Unsworth outside St John's Church.
Murray Shire president David Bolt and chief executive Dean Unsworth outside St John's Church.

AN agreement has been signed between the Anglican Diocese of Bunbury and the Shire of Murray for the handover of St John’s Church to the Anglican Parish of Pinjarra.

The Anglican Diocese of Bunbury has agreed to gift the church to the Shire of Murray which will be returned for community use.

The Anglican Bishop of Bunbury, the Right Reverend Dr Ian Coutts, will formally de-consecrate the Church and hand the keys to shire president David Bolt on January19.

The short service will be held at 10am and marks the end of more than 150 years of Anglican worship in the Church of St John.

Worship has moved a short distance away into the new Church of St Francis of Assisi.

Cr Bolt said the shire had taken the lead in raising funds for the repair and restoration of the church building.

“St John‘s is an iconic building in the town and a key part of the heritage of WA and our heritage precinct around Edenvale,’’ he said..

Dr Coutts said the Bunbury diocese was pleased to gift the church to the shire and see it in continuing use by the community into the future.