Councillors support St John’s Church heritage listing

Picture: Chris Lane
Picture: Chris Lane

Camden councillors have thrown their support behind listing the St John’s Anglican Church Precinct on the State Heritage Register.

Earlier this year former church warden Fletcher Joss contacted the Office of Environment and Heritage and nominated the precinct for inclusion.

The Heritage Council recently declared its intention to consider listing the precinct, which takes in the church building, the horse paddocks and the historic rectory.

Camden residents were urged to make submissions supporting the listing.

Councillor Cindy Cagney said she was pleased to see the report supporting the heritage listing come before council on Tuesday night.

“It’s hard to imagine why something so significant isn’t already on the register,” she said.

“I think this is fantastic, the report is extensive and I hope one day it is listed nationally as well.”

Mr Joss addressed councillors at the meeting .

He said the council’s report was an excellent show of support.

“I will also be seeking to have the precinct listed on the national register when the nominations open later this year,” he said.

“I see this as a long overdue house-keeping measure.”

The Heritage Council’s eventual decision will be of great significance to locals as St John’s management investigate the possibility of selling the horse paddocks and rectory.

While a heritage listing will not prevent future development of the site, any proposals will also be assessed by the heritage council.

Councillor Eva Campbell said many locals already assumed the church precinct was heritage listed.

“The fact that this precinct has iconic heritage value goes without saying,” she said.

“It is appropriate that this place is recognised as a significant heritage item.”