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Council gives church new lease on life

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Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times

The Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Council has officially opened its new chambers in the form of a restored church.

Shire president Brian Piesse said the church had a long history in Donnybrook.

“This building began its life as a Methodist Church circa 1900, later becoming the Uniting Church,” Cr Piesse said.

“This Church has played a significant part in our community as a meeting place and is held dear by many local residents.

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“It is fitting that the old Uniting Church will continue to serve as a community meeting place as the shire’s council chamber.”

He said the church was built from Donnybrook stone which was also used to build the facade at Parliament House in West Perth.

“This naturally occurring stone is symbolised, alongside the Granny Smith apple, as a hallmark of the history of this district,” he said.

“The building has undergone $240,000 worth of restoration and renewal works and is a great example of a building of significant cultural heritage being adapted for an important contemporary use.”

The first official council meeting in the new building was held on Thursday night.

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