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
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:
Council planted gardens and lawn on the Albyn Terrace side are complete and growing...
Lighting by Council has been turned on to great effect!
Spire repairs will begin soon and fundraising for the roof and gutter repairs is proceeding.