CAMDEN

Support grows for St John’s

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St John’s Anglican Church.

CAMDEN’S treasured jewel, St John’s Anglican Church precinct, has found an ally in the council which unanimously supported the site’s potential state heritage listing.

Camden Council’s endorsement follows the Heritage Council of NSW placing on public exhibition its intention to list the historical precinct.

Former St John’s Anglican Church warden Fletcher Joss, who nominated the site for state heritage listing, said the protection was a “long overdue housekeeping measure”.

“There are seven pieces of criteria for (state heritage) listing and it meets all of them,’’ he said.

“Heritage isn’t just about the building but about the role the site played in establishing the fabric of society, giving us the opportunity to reflect on who we are.”

Mr Joss, involved with St John’s Anglican Church since the mid-1980s, said the potential heritage listing wouldn’t impact any future sale of the site.

If the state heritage listing is successful Mr Joss plans to nominate the precinct to be recognised nationally.

The future of the precinct has been unclear since St John’s Anglican Church revealed its plans to sell part of the site to fund a new $6 million worship centre.

People can comment on the proposed listing by sending submissions to the Heritage Council of NSW until November 8. Details: heritage@heritage.nsw.gov.au