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As church ministry was suspended from mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Wagga Anglican Church received the timely news that it had successfully received a NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund grant for $122,000 to undertake an amenities and hall refurbishment at St Paul’s Turvey Park. Five months later the parish has just opened its Sunday services and now has modern amenities and a completely fresh look. Although the building had undergone many renovations since 1962 when the hall was built (the church itself was added in 1982), the toilets were original and well and truly past their use-by-date.

Before!

The project involved the construction of a modern (ground access) toilet block, a new meeting room and significant storage areas.

After!

This now means we can cater for the many church and community groups which operate from St Paul’s church and hall including mainly music, children’s and youth ministry, interest groups and parish events.

Of course it may take a little long­er before all these groups are fully functioning again, but when they do come back, they will certainly be well catered for. The successful grant application was a result of a hard-working team in the parish who sub­mitted a well-researched application and in partnership with the diocesan office, whose assistance was vital.

by Reverend Scott Goode