CAMDEN

Land sale gets tick

St John’s Anglican Church land sale gets go-ahead

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The Camden Residents' Action Group (pictured in September 2017) has long lobbied for more protection of the St John’s Anglican Church, Camden, precinct. Picture: Simon Bullard

PARISHIONERS at St John’s Anglican Church in Camden have given the green light for the sale of land next to the existing heritage-listed church.

In a secret ballot conducted over last week, 81.3 per cent of 331 parishioners voted to approve the sale of the land while 18.3 per cent voted against the proposal, with 0.4 per cent of the vote declared invalid.

The sale of the church land will fund a new church building next to the existing church.

Moran Health Care Group recently signalled its interest in purchasing the land with a view towards building an aged care facility on the site.

Moran Health Care Group have offered church authorities $7.7 million for the land.

Rev Tony Galea told the Macarthur Chronicle last month the sale of the land would be a ”a win-win for everyone”.

In a statement the Camden Resident’s Action Group, which has opposed the sale, questioned whether the vote was legitimate given that almost 45 per cent of parishoners failed to vote in the secret ballot.