The future of St Mary’s Church at Mundoonan is still murky after the Anglican Parish Council finished a letter drop to the area asking locals their opinion on the church last month.

Situated on Yass River Road, the church was built in 1911 and has not held a service for two years but in recent history the parish would hold a service on the fifth Sunday of the month (four or five times a year).

Peter Rose of the Anglican Parish Council of Yass Valley said most attendees were from Murrumbateman or Yass.

The Parish Council is reviewing St Mary’s and considering how best to utilise the building from the community’s point of view.

“Our view is not for it to be sold,” Peter said. “[St Mary’s] is not a centre of worship or anything like that – It’s a community thing, it was built by the community, it has been looked after by the community, one of the locals even mows the lawn.”

The local Anglican Parish published an open letter in the Times and sent a letter to residents in the Yass River area asking locals what they see in the church’s future but have only heard back from a handful.

Peter said they have also approached Yass RSL to discuss the number of World War I plaques that St Mary’s holds – Four memorial plaques and four free soldiers plaques.

Three residents said they would like the building to be used for a social purpose in the Yass River area, two enquired after the sale of the building, and others asked to be kept in the loop.

Adding to complications, St Mary’s, which seats about 40 people, has no power, water, or septic arrangements. Currently, when a service is held at the church the owner of the property neighbouring St Mary’s tosses a power lead over the fence and donates their electricity.

“We’ve got to work our way through all that sort of stuff if we’re to continue using it,” Peter said. “Obviously, we need to do something because the longer the building doesn’t get used the greater chance for deterioration or for potential vandalism.”

There is no easy solution to the fate of the church it seems, but Peter said selling the property will be the last resort.

“I don’t know is the simple answer because obviously it’s not in a town and we’ve got to have enough input coming in to ensure that we can keep it financially going, even though that’s a low figure.”

Is your family connected to St Mary’s or do you simply have an interest in the future of the church? Then please contact Peter Rose at pcrose@ozemail.com or call 0421 073 702.

By Brianna O’Rourke