Council shares community concern over churches
Cessnock City Council will ensure the
Anglican Diocese of Newcastle hear community concern loud and clear about the
potential sale of local churches. Council will seek a meeting with Right
Reverend Dr Peter Stuart, Bishop of Newcastle to discuss the matter.
The parishes of Weston, Kurri Kurri, Branxton and Cessnock have been identified as part of the rationalisation of churches and property, along with a number of other churches across the Hunter.
Residents expressed their concerns at a community meeting in Mulbring on Sunday 29 July.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent attended the meeting and agreed with residents the selling off of local churches is not an acceptable outcome.
“Churches are vital community hubs. The place a church holds in each community is very unique, many of them providing much more to local residents outside of the congregational services. These include play centres, youth activities and second hand shops.”
“The possibility of local churches being sold off has hit very close to home for many of us and is deeply personal for many of our residents who have relatives laid to rest in the cemeteries, columbarium and in the memorial gardens. These personal links and historical links with our churches is strong and is not something that can be easily replaced.”