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Gulf churches benefit from refurbishment

THE Normanton and Karumba churches in Gulf Savannah parish are presenting a new face to the world after successful refurbishments.

Diocesan manager of project services Shane Watson said the works had run for a couple of months, finishing recently.

He said the work on the Karumba church had been long overdue.

“Built in the 1970s by volunteer labour, the church was in need of freshening up after serving the Gulf community for many years,” Mr Watson said.

“While not lavish refurbishments by any stretch of the imagination, the transformation of the Karumba church has made a significant difference to parishioners, and the many visitors from around Australia who make Karumba their temporary home during the winter months.”

Refurbishment included relining the internals of the church, sealing the concrete slab and finishing off the new entry roof that a group of parishioners had started.

“The work has seen the church become an inviting space for gathering and worship,” Mr Watson said.

“Significantly the church is now a much cooler sanctuary from the summer heat of the Gulf with the installation of air conditioning.”

The Community Church of St James and St John’s is shared by the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting Church communities which all contributed to the refurbishments.

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