St John’s Church conservation work to roll out in two stages 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.

WORK to restore St John’s Church, Pinjarra will be rolled out in two stages with stage one likely to start early next year.

The Shire of Murray has endorsed advertising for tenders following finalisation of the transfer of ownership to the Shire.

Earlier this year, the community rallied through the St John’s Church fundraising appeal to raise $400,000 for conservation and re-use works.

A total of $230,000 was raised including a community contribution of $170,000 and a $50,000 shire allocation.

Shire president David Bolt said the council anticipated half the overall amount required would be secured through grant funding but informal discussions were unsuccessful.

“With the current condition of the building and substantial community contribution, it was prudent the shire proceed with conservation works to secure the building from further degradation,’’ he said.

“Building amenities such as a kitchenette, toilets and storage could be added as and when needed or when funding becomes available.”

Cr Bolt said the successful contractor was expected to be selected in December.

Conservation work should include repairing wall cracks, installing an external drainage system, replacing the roof drainage system and existing roofing tiles, restoring brickwork, replacing wall plates and upgrading the roof structure.

Cr Bolt said the church had strong sentimental ties for the community as well as being a key component of the heritage precinct.