Wirrulla church on the market for $50,000

FOR SALE: Anne Priest, a former member of the St Deny's Anglican Church congregation, next to the for sale sign for the church building.
FOR SALE: Anne Priest, a former member of the St Deny's Anglican Church congregation, next to the for sale sign for the church building.

A decommissioned church in Wirrulla is on the market and residents are hoping it will be given new life and turned into someone’s home.

St Deny’s Anglican Church held its last service on Easter Sunday this year after it had only been used sporadically in recent years.

The land the church is on was donated by Mr and Mrs Max Kelsh in about 1964.

Faye Kelsh was a member of the church’s congregation and said it could become a good home for a new owner.

“It’s a solid building, it’s sad to see it go but it could be made into a very nice home,” she said.

Since Easter the church has been put on the real estate market for $50,000 with Elders Streaky Bay handling the sale of the building.

Elders Streaky Bay principal Chad Kirby said the church had been on sale since May 17 and this was the first time he was handling the sale of a church.

He said since the recent media attention on the church interest had been building, predominantly from the east coast.

“The hardest part of selling a unique property such as this, is the location, the property has no plumbing inside the building so that is the first thing potential purchasers ask about as they seem to have issues with this in the eastern states,” he said.

“I personally can not see this being a problem for this particular property.”

Mr Kirby said the “sky is the limit” with this property and it would make a great conversion for anyone.

Anne Priest was also a part of the church’s congregation and said it was originally just an Anglican church but the Uniting Church joined and then local Catholics were invited for worship after the Petina Church closed.

She said she had attended the church since she started living in Wirrulla about 28 years ago and from now on would attend church in Streaky Bay.

“We didn’t want it to close but it was only Faye (Kelsh) and I attending that were Anglican.”

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