Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has congratulated the Warragul Heritage Preservation Association in State Parliament for their work in restoring former Wesley Church in Warragul following its 10th birthday celebrations on March 19.
‘Wesley of Warragul is the former Wesley Church that has been restored by the Warragul Heritage Preservation Association, which was formed in 1998,’ said Mr Blackwood.
‘Wesley was purchased by the association on behalf of the community from the Uniting Church in 2002 with the financial support of the broader community, Baw Baw Shire Council, the Uniting Church of Warragul and the State Government.
In congratulating the Association Mr Blackwood said the renovation had established Wesley of Warragul as a key historical building that had been exceptionally restored by the local community, many of whom were volunteers.
‘The quality of the restoration is so good that Wesley is considered to be the finest 19thcentury church in Gippsland.
‘Great credit must go to the tradesmen – many of them local volunteers – and the preservation association, which planned and supervised the enormous task of renovation.
‘I congratulate Helene Armour and her committee on a fantastic birthday concert and afternoon tea and on their commitment to the preservation of this iconic building and ensuring that it can be used by our community today and for many years to come.’