The Restoration...

The Congregation decided on March 24 to proceed with Restoration of the 173-year old St Andrews Church building stage by stage, as funds are received via grants, donations or bequests.


Stage 1: Repairing the front Spire will soon begin with $39,000 already donated from within the congregation.

This will allow the front door to be used, and the church fully re-opened.


The congregation has already paid $35,000 for a Survey by structural engineer John Bowley and heritage architects Hosking Willis, which revealed that the church was well built, on good foundations, but that repairs needed as a result of weather and time.


Two State Heritage grants have been gratefully received, one for the Survey ($5,000) and one for the Spire ($10,000).


Stage 2: Funding of $100,000 is now being sought for Stage 2: repairing the Roof and Gutters.  We currently have $24,000 towards this.


Stage 3: The Clock Tower and other high priority work will cost another $200,000.


Total Restoration costs, with medium and low priority work, adding contingencies & on-costs, are estimated at $1.8 million.

How You can help...

Donations can be made direct to:


St Andrews Strathalbyn Restoration Fund

BSB: 105-019

Account: 047 416 240


All funds in this dedicated account will be used for Restoration work.

Our accounts are independently audited each year and records held at Synod.


Whilst Strathalbyn Uniting Church (St Andrews) is a charity

registered with the Charities Commission (ACNC), 

the Tax Office does not give DGR status (‘deductible gift recipient’) to churches, 

meaning we cannot offer tax deductions to donors.


But if you wish to have a receipt,

or to have your gift acknowledged on our website, 

please let us have your contact details:

lawns under the clock tower
lawns under the clock tower

Newly laid lawn on the western side of the Church overlooking the Anzac Memorial Gardens.


4 Damage to Spire capping
4 Damage to Spire capping

Photo: John Bowley, Engineer

lawns under the clock tower
lawns under the clock tower

Newly laid lawn on the western side of the Church overlooking the Anzac Memorial Gardens.



Streetscaping work around two sides of the Church is being done by the Alexandrina Council on Council land.


It includes a retaining wall, plantings, a footpath with entry ramps allowing people to cross from the park side of the bridge to the Church side, to access the new path around the west / north of the Church (Sunter Street) or the path around the south side of the Church. At the front of the Church, the two x stone walls with columns at the outer ends will be shortened (to preserve symmetry) to allow the path to proceed, and the columns restored to their original appearance.

Around the town, there are a number of new Information Posts - beautifully made metal and timber posts of varying sizes and styles, with historic information AND, the extensive use of a stylized graphic of the Church and clock tower.

It's very obvious that Saint Andrews is of incredible importance in the image of the town as we are all familiar with the use of a similar graphic on practically every street name sign and, others on business signage...check out one of the local bakery shops in Dawson Street for their sign graphic and obvious pride in this local landmark.