The Ballina Uniting Church in Cherry Street is surrounded by fencing due to its unstable structure.
The Ballina Uniting Church in Cherry Street is surrounded by fencing due to its unstable structure. Cathy Adams

Three days left to save historic Ballina Uniting Church

TIME is running out to save the historic Ballina Uniting Church which needs to raise $180,000 for critical repairs or face demolition with three days remaining.

At last month's Ballina Shire Council Ordinary Meeting, a motion was put forward to issue an emergency order to demolish the building due to public safety concerns.

Councillors voted to delay the demolition order, giving the church an additional month to source the necessary funds, saying their preference was to see the church remain.

The Ballina Uniting Church congregation has also expressed its grief in seeing the historic building that has playing a significant role in the community demolish, but said the repairs were beyond the church's ability to fund.

A report in Thursday's Ballina council ordinary meeting says despite the additional time given "it does not appear that any funds of significance have been raised."

As a result, the original resolution to demolish the building has been put forward as the recommendation.

Two independent engineering reports found the building in "immediate danger of substantial failure" and it was cordoned off for public safety.

The reports determined more than $180,000 would be needed to repair sagging roof trusses which put outward loading on the side walls, making it structurally unsound.

The church, which is almost a century old, has been listed as a heritage item in the Ballina Local Environmental Plan.

This means before the building could be demolished, its historic items would need to be salvage for conservation and its historical significance recorded.



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