Praying for church sale

IPSWICH property investors may have had their prayers answered with a historic church and memorial hall on the market.

The surplus church property includes a 1950s church building on the corner of East and Roderick streets and a heritage listed memorial hall built in 1895.

Ipswich City Uniting Church Minister Peter Woodward said the site had a rich history.

“In 1895 the Sunday School Hall was built and at one point 140 children came to the school,” Mr Woodward said.

“In the 1940s the Australian Army took it over and there was a story of a shot being fired into the roof of the hall. When the war was all over it was handed back to the church.”

The church was built in 1957 and was known as the Central Memorial Church in memory of those who served in the two World Wars.

Mr Woodward said the church had acquired the building in 1978, until the congregation was merged with the existing Ellenborough Street Uniting Church in the 1990s due to declining numbers.

The Sunday school was also closed, with the hall in recent years used as a dance studio and kindergarten.

He said while it had been a hard decision to put the property on the market, the church had little option.

“Our hope is a new buyer will take it on as a heritage asset, as both buildings have heritage listings,” Mr Woodward said

Mr Woodward said the church was currently rented to the Compassion Connection Church and fittingly still used as place of worship.

“Our problem is it is a wonderful site that needs an injection of funds,” he said.

Savills Australia Commercial Sales associate director Robert Dunne said both buildings had found their admirers.

“It is uplifting and inspiring to be inside the buildings and that is why people have been attracted to them,” Mr Dunne said.

Inspection is by appointment with offers closing on September 30 at 5pm.



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