Christian Garland MR

“It is grossly premature for the Parish Council of the combined Parish of Holy Trinity and BayWest to discuss the disposal of Holy Trinity Church at a meeting on 26 February. A $20 0000 Conservation Management Plan (CMP), being funded by Hobart City Council, is currently being undertaken by independent interstate and local experts. Their final report is not due until late April/early May. The Parish Council must have that report in front of them and closely consider it before an informed and rational decision can be made about the future of the heritage-listed church.”.

CHAIRMAN of the Holy Trinity Church Support Group (Hobart), Christian Garland, has made the following comments about the media release made by Anglican Media Tasmania on 03 Feb 2008.

“It is grossly premature for the Parish Council of the combined Parish of Holy Trinity and BayWest to discuss the disposal of Holy Trinity Church at a meeting on 26 February. A $20 0000 Conservation Management Plan (CMP), being funded by Hobart City Council, is currently being undertaken by independent interstate and local experts. Their final report is not due until late April/early May. The Parish Council must have that report in front of them and closely consider it before an informed and rational decision can be made about the future of the heritage-listed church.”

A Charitable Trust was formed by members of the Holy Trinity Support Group in November 2007 and stands ready to receive title of the church, with all its fittings and furnishings intact. The Charitable Trust wants to open up the church to a much wider range of community activities. “We need to know the likely costs and time frame to restore the deteriorating sandstone exterior, and we won’t have that information until the CMP has been completed”.

Dr Garland also commented “Since Holy Trinity was closed in late October by Bishop Harrower’s order, our Support Group has continued to meet with senior federal and state politicians and potential benefactors about finding the funds to save the church and make it much more available for public use. Progress is positive but of course, we are all waiting for the CMP.”

“And in recent discussions with the National Trust of Tasmania, it is clear they remain highly concerned about the condition of the building” Dr Garland said. Holy Trinity was listed on the Ten Most-At-Risk Heritage Places in Australia in November 2007 by the Australian council of National Trusts.

The bells of Holy Trinity, silent since October 2007, will be heard on Monday February 11 when they are traditionally tolled for Regatta Day.