An 80-year-old church site could be sold for future development with the listing of St Johns Anglican at Point Clare.
Owned by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, the church at 23 Takari Ave is located adjacent to Point Clare Primary school, approximately 500 metres to Point Clare railway station and shops.
On a near level 2023sqm block, the property is zoned R2, meaning that it could be subdivided for low density residential housing, an over 55’s strata set-up or redeveloped for a childcare, subject to council approval. The internal floor space is approximately 202sqm and consists of a hall, kitchen, toilets, church with pews and vestry.
The original foundation stone was laid in 1938 after founder Dolly Elliot sallied forth to meet the other two authorised collectors, Mrs Graham and Mrs Kerr – purpose being to plan the areas each would take for the day. Sometimes people could only afford to donate sixpence, but the sixpence’s mounted up, along with other ways of raising money.
Well-known ‘billboard priest’ Rod Bower of the Gosford Anglican Church said that the decision to sell was based on bringing the church into the 21st century.
“The church was built 80 years ago when transportation was completely different. These days, people are more mobile and we no longer need a church in every suburb,” he said.
Mr Bower said that another Christian denomination has expressed interest the sale, something that Anglican Diocese would welcome.
Selling agent Mike Gibson from LJ Hooker Point Clare said that it was almost impossible to put a price on the property because there was nothing else like it in the area.
St Johns Anglican Church Point Clare will go to auction on Saturday, March 30 at 10.30am. The vendor is willing to sell prior.