THE future looks bright for the Kangaroo Flat Anglican community with works to build a new worship centre getting under way this week.
The works, expected to cost $1.8 million, come after the old church was destroyed in a deliberately lit fire more than four years ago.
Parish Council Secretary Graeme Turpie said there was a feeling of relief among the church community this week when site preparation works started.
“It was really devastating (when the church was destroyed) but since then we have become stronger as a church group,” he said.
Mr Turpie said the church was looking forward to having a “presence” again.
“Lots of people have been asking when we would be rebuilding and hoping that we would continue,” he said.
The new worship centre will include a church, kitchen, offices, indoor toilets, meeting rooms and a sealed carpark.
Mr Turpie said the facilities would not only aim to accommodate the church group but also the wider community.
“Hopefully it will be used as a place for dance groups, weddings and playgroups,” he said.
The new complex is being funded through insurance money however Mr Turpie said the project was still $250,000 short.
He said a building appeal had been set up and local businesses, organisations and individuals were being called upon to donate.
To donate visit www.stmaryskangarooflat.com.au