Church campaign cash to go to Lions, museum

October 04, 2017

Surplus funds from the campaign to save the Finley Scot’s Presbyterian Church from being demolished will be donated to two community groups.

Members of the Friends of the Finley Scot’s Presbyterian Church Association voted last week to split the remaining $7700 between Finley Lions and Finley Historical Museum.

The group had originally offered the money to the church, but elders suggested it would be better used to support local community groups.

Another option considered by the group was donating the funds to the Save the Finley War Memorial Hall Association.

Friends of the Finley Scot’s Presbyterian Church Association president Norm McAllister said he was ‘‘happy’’ the money was going toward the two local community groups.

‘‘As we were a not-for-profit group, we were advised to donate the money to other community groups,’’ he said.

‘‘The money was raised in Finley so we felt these two groups deserve the money.’’

The association to save the church was established in 2013.

It followed the release of plans to demolish the 95 year-old building in favour of a more modern church which would better suit the needs of the parishioners.

Due to its historical importance, community members rallied to have the building heritage listed and therefore saved from demolition.

That effort was realised in 2015, with Berrigan Shire officially listing the church as a heritage building in its Local Environment Plan.

Most of the money raised by group was through donations, street stalls and raffles.

It was originally anticipated the surplus funds could be utilised to improve amenities in the historic church.

The money is to be distributed to the community groups after the association is officially closed. It must be done in conjunction with NSW Fair Trading.

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