Historic church resurrected

Necessary upgrade: Mercy Regional College O’Keeffe campus captains Josh Newcombe and Abbey Vines look forward to seeing the rejuvenated Anglican church in Noorat.

Necessary upgrade: Mercy Regional College O’Keeffe campus captains Josh Newcombe and Abbey Vines look forward to seeing the rejuvenated Anglican church in Noorat.

MERCY Regional College is restoring Noorat’s old Anglican Church to its former glory as it joins the township’s other historic weatherboard buildings in receiving a new lease of life.

An external paint job and the replacement of the roof and worn weatherboards is in line for the circa 1940s chapel, which remains in use at the college’s O’Keeffe campus.

Despite being slightly overshadowed by the bluestone Presbyterian Church across the street, head of junior school Tony Wynd said the facelift will add to the charm of Noorat.

“A lot of local people would be pleased to see the building painted and restored further,” he said.

“It will make the building last a lot longer.

“It’s pretty much the last thing to be refurbished at the campus.”

Located in the campus’ north-eastern corner, Mercy Regional College bought the building in 1976 and refitted it four years ago.

Formerly used for computer classes, home economics and occasional indoor physical education sessions, the school now holds drama and music classes in the chapel.

O’Keeffe campus captain Abbey Vines said the building needed to be freshened up.

“It will make it look a lot better,” she said.

“It was looking a bit tired and old before.”

The works were expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

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