The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has secured $1.6 million in Federal Government funding to restore Battery Point’s historic St George’s Anglican Church.

He will announce the funding along with Reverend Victor Shaw, the Rector at St George’s, and be joined by architect Tim Penny, chair of the Restoration Committee Anne Brown AM, members of the Parish Council and Restoration Committee as well as members of the congregation.

WHEN: 10:00am TODAY 21 December

WHERE: St George’s Anglican Church, 30 Cromwell St BATTERY POINT

“I’m delighted to have secured $1.6 million from the Federal Government for this much-needed heritage project,” Mr Wilkie said.

“Most Hobartians would recognise the magnificent spire of St George’s towering above the historic suburb of Battery Point. But the 180-year old church is in desperate need of repair and, if the Government hadn’t stepped in, the Church may have had to close its doors forever.

Mr Wilkie said the necessary work includes the restoration of stonework on the church tower, the removal and replacement of water damaged parapets and the repair of sandstone around the portico.

“In addition to being a much-visited tourist attraction, St George’s hosts an active congregation and is an excellent concert venue due to its acoustics.

“St George’s is one of the best known examples of Greek Revivalist architecture in Australia and it’s great news that, thanks to this Federal Government investment, future generations will also be able to visit and enjoy this stunning piece of history. Let’s not forget that built heritage is one of the main reasons for tourists visiting Tasmania.

“I have been lobbying the Federal Government for funding for St George’s for years and it’s great news that this necessary work is finally able to be undertaken. I thank the Government for recognising the merits of this project.”

Construction on St George’s Anglican Church began in 1836 with the foundation stone laid by Governor George Arthur, and it was consecrated by Bishop William Grant Broughton in 1838. The design is based on London’s St Pancras church. St George’s was the work of two of Australia’s most important colonial architects, government architect John Lee Archer and convict architect James Blackburn.