Parishioners to vote on St John’s land sale on Sunday

Anti-sale advocates are encouraging others to vote 'NO' at this weekend's services. Picture: Chris Lane
Anti-sale advocates are encouraging others to vote 'NO' at this weekend's services. Picture: Chris Lane

Parishioners of St John’s Anglican Church in Camden will this Sunday share their thoughts on the impending sale of three parcels of church land.

The congregation will vote on whether or not they support selling the horse paddocks, historic rectory and an adjoining lot on Alpha Road to aged care providers the Moran Group.

The Moran Group has offered the church $7.7 million for the three land parcels and, if the sale goes through, are expected to build a $30 million aged care facility.

Opinions on the sale are divided.

Various residents and community groups say the sale would compromise the heritage integrity of the historic church precinct – which was recently added to the State Heritage Register – while church leaders say the sale will allow plans for the construction of a secondary worship centre at the site to go ahead.

Some detractors have taken to writing letters to other parishioners and printing signs urging their neighbours to vote ‘NO’ on Sunday.

The vote will be a secret ballot and will be held following services this weekend.

Two information sessions have been held in the lead-up to the vote.

The results of the vote will be passed along to the Wollongong Anglican Diocese for a final decision to be made.

Moran Group managing director Peter Moran said the company was committed to preserving the site’s heritage value.

“We definitely understand the heritage of the site and look forward to restoring the historic rectory,” he said.

“We understand the importance of heritage. Residents don’t need to worry about that being compromised.”