House of god becomes family home
NO, it is not going to be a restaurant, or a shop, or an art gallery.
The Presbyterian Church on the main street of Clunes was sold to Robert McCann and Lana Cooper, of Brisbane, and they plan to turn the church into a home.
Ms Cooper said it was an 'emotive buy' because she was desperate to move back to the North Coast, having grown up in Casino before moving to Brisbane in 2000.
The Clunes property includes a house, hall and church. The plan is to continue renting the house while they renovate the hall and eventually tackle renovations on the church, Ms Cooper said.
The church comes with beautiful features like stained-glass windows, but it is the sloping floor that could cause head- aches for the new owners. The church was built in 1910 and the sloping teak floor was designed to enable the entire congregation to see the minister during sermons.
Real estate agent Chris Hayward, who sold the Clunes property, suggested a false floor to straighten things out.
Mr McCann is a carpenter and builder and Ms Cooper works as a project manager for a travel company.
They recently completed renovations on an old Queenslander. That experience will come in handy for the huge job of renovating the Clunes church.
Ms Cooper said they would tackle the hall first and, because it used to be a day care centre, they would like to do something with the hall that benefits the community.
Any changes made to the church building would need to be in line with Heritage Trust guidelines, Mr Hayward said.