NSW Government supports Cathedral restoration
8th November 2013
Bishop Michael McKenna has welcomed a Heritage Grant of $150,000 from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage to assist with Stage 1 of the restoration of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John. The money will be provided over two years and will need to be matched by funds raised by the Cathedral Parish and the wider Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.
The Cathedral's heritage value was recognised in June 2012, with its listing on the NSW State Heritage Register.
This morning at the Cathedral, Bishop McKenna thanked State Member, Mr Paul Toole and said this support from the NSW Government would be of great help in restoring a “….a part of the historic streetscape of the City of Bathurst”.
Due to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015, the Cathedral is in urgent need of repair. The stone and brickwork have aged and serious salt and rising damp problems threaten its foundations. The restoration project is anticipated to take four years and cost approximately $3 million. The priority of the project is to secure the foundations and restore damaged elements.
Specialist stonemasons have painstakingly removed the old mortar from between each of the bricks in the bell tower in preparation for repointing, to prevent further water damage, and the replacement of the damaged sandstone with high quality, heritage sandstone has begun.
A series of videos describing the restoration work can be found on the Cathedral Restoration Appeal web page at www.cathedralappealbathurst.org.au.
The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, incorporating the Cathedral Parish, has launched the Cathedral Restoration Appeal to raise the funds necessary to repair the damage and to restore the beauty and function of this historic, much-loved public building. An Art Union, to be drawn on 24th November, is currently underway as part of the Appeal, as well as the sale of commerative merchandise, with a Corporate Sponsorship program to be launched in the New Year.
For more details, and to support this great cause, phone 1800 451 760 or visit the website.
Patrick Cooper - Diocesan Financial Administrator - (02) 6334 6402 or 0419 460 404
Media - Fiona Lewis - (02) 6334 6400 or 0407 555 387