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Crossroads Uniting Church, Werribee

The former Presbyterian Church (now the Crossroads Uniting Church) and Manse date from 1884 and were erected by Thomas Chirnside of Werribee Park. Both buildings are included on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) for their architectural and historical significance [VHR H0628]. The links to the Chirnside family continued well into the twentieth century with the construction of a red brick church hall on the site in 1921. The Church and Manse both suffer from erosion of the Barrabool sandstone dressings and spire.

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This is an early inclusion on the VHR and, as with a number of early registrations, the extent of registration is not well defined and little guidance is provided to inform the management of change to the heritage place. GJM Heritage was brought in by Resolution Planning to assist the Uniting Church of Australia to better understand the registration and its potential impact on the management of the site as a whole. GJM Heritage provided an independent assessment of the heritage values of the various components on the site as well as an analysis of the current statutory controls affecting the site. An outline condition survey was undertaken including a preliminary review of the specimen trees on site, to help inform the Parish of the repair and works needed to secure the church for current and future worshippers and the wider Werribee Community.

Client: Uniting Church of Australia