Parishioners called on to have their say in cathedral restoration

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION: Phil Burgett with David Nelson inside the Cathedral of St Michael and St John. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 101216cathd1

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION: Phil Burgett with David Nelson inside the Cathedral of St Michael and St John. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 101216cathd1

PARISHIONERS at Saint Michael and John’s Cathedral are being invited to take part in a consultation process to have their say about the proposed changes to the interior of the cathedral and landscaping around it.

The Parish Consultation is part of the cathedral restoration project currently underway.

Restoration Committee chairman Phil Burgett said there were two ways parishioners could join in the discussion.

He said a display would be set up in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, within the cathedral on Saturday, October 15 from 5pm until 4pm Sunday, October 23.

The display will be available at all times during this period whenever the cathedral is open. People can come in and browse the proposed changes and provide any comments on a feedback sheet.

Alternatively, people can attend any of a series of meetings being held at the cathedral from Wednesday, October 19 to Saturday, October 22.

Mr Burgett said while some meetings were directed at particular groups – for example, principals, teachers, musicians, sacristans, communion ministers, lectors and the Young Adults Group - anyone was welcome to attend any of the discussions.

He said he hoped as many people as possible joined the conversation.

Mr Burgett said David Nelson had been working with a group of people for the past 18 months working out options how to best address and rectify damage in the cathedral from rising damp.

Subsequently the group has designed concept plans with which they will now consult the parish and community.

Mr Nelson said he too was hoping as many people as possible become involved in the consultation process.

“There is a feedback sheet people can complete, and the more feedback we get the better.

“We would like suggestions on how to do it, and nothing is locked in at this stage, everything is a proposal.”

Mr Burgett said Mr Nelson’s group had come up with concepts which were reasonably cost effective with an efficient outcome, given all works must come within the overall restoration budget.

The meetings are being held in the cathedral on Wednesday, October 19, from 7.30pm until 9pm, Thursday, October 20, 4pm until 5.30pm, and 6pm until 7.30pm, and on Saturday, October 22, from 2pm until 3.30pm.

Mr Burgett said following the consultation period the Restoration Committee will review all feedback provided and report the outcomes of the consultation to the Bishop.

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