By : Don
church is looking at an amazing change of face after Northam Town
Council recently approved plans to replace the present building.
Northam is a country town situated 100 km east of Perth, in the
wheat belt region of Western Australia. Northam has a population
of 6,500, and has significance as a regional centre.
The church is
celebrating its centenary this year. However, as well as
celebrating the past, church leaders have been encouraging members
to be outward-focused to the future. Plans are well under way for
a multi-purpose, community-friendly facility to be known as
Bridgeley Community Centre, Home of Northam Church of Christ.
Addison said the church wanted the new facilities to be available
to the greater community, not just for church people.
talks about being a growing, dynamic and caring community,
committed to becoming more like Jesus, to reveal him to others. We
want to put that into practice,” he said. “The present church
building is dated and does not meet today’s needs. We want every
person in our town to feel comfortable and welcome in our new
building, which will be for the whole community to use.”
program, coordinated by Colin and Shirley Smyth, includes a
250-seat auditorium, a 90-seat training and seminar room, church
offices, several smaller meeting rooms, a child-care area, and
coffee lounge, and has full disabled access. Shirley said that
when they were planning the building they went to the Town Council
and asked what needs for facilities had been identified within the
town. “We were told that there was a need for a conference room
suitable for 30–90 people,” she said.
“One of the most exciting outcomes has been the
great interest that has been raised in the community by this
process”, Shirley said. “Lotterywest officials encouraged us to
undergo a consultation process to support our application for
funding assistance. It’s been very exciting to see the response.”
The proposed plans have been well publicised to the community
through the local paper, a public briefing meeting and by
establishing acommunity reference group. As a result, several
government departments, community organisations and local business
people have indicated strong interest in using the facilities
along side the church programs. It is hoped building will start
early in the new year.