This project is an expression of the changes that are happening in the Uniting Church. Many Churches in established suburbs are closing as a result of dwindling numbers and in many instances the disposal of these property assets creates new opportunities. In this instance, the Parish of Balkara rationalised their property assets and retained one church in Clayton as a new centre for a growing ethnic community within the Uniting Church in Melbourne, the Cook Island Congregation.
“It was a pleasure to work with Harmer Architecture throughout this rather protracted process (from our end); they were always on hand to provide any information needed and to support our submissions for approvals from Synod and particularly from the local Council Town Planning Department, which involved considerable negotiations over car parking, possible noise and other tricky issues.”
“I would have no hesitation to recommend Harmer Architecture to anyone considering a radical new way of using worship and community space.”
– Faye Sanderson, Parish Secretary –