Work is currently underway at St Andrew's Seventh Day Adventist Church to return the Bundaberg building to its former glory.
Secretary of the Heritage Committee Doug Burns said current works to the bell tower involved restoring the infrastructure that holds the bells in place.
He said the works were being completed by local contractors.
“The metal beams were severely rusted, Caneland Engineering was engaged in restoring this structure and treating it against further rust,” he said.
“Ian Boston then repaired masonry works in the tower arches that were badly cracked and blown out due to moisture that had come into contact with reinforcing steel.
“Finally, Aldo Solano is repainting the entire bell tower inside and out and some hard-to-reach gables.”
Doug said contractors were using specialist equipment to reach the top of the structure that was being repaired.
“Ian and Aldo have been using a large knuckle boom to reach the extraordinary height of the bell tower,” he said.
“These works are expected to give this Bundaberg icon a further fifty years before further maintenance will be required.”
Previous projects have included refurbishment of the stage area, repainting and recarpeting the inside of the church, painting the outside, restoring the stain glass windows, draining the permitter of the church, fixing leaks in the roof, relighting the inside and outside of the church and now, the bell tower.
History of St Andrews
St Andrews church was built in Bundaberg in 1932 by the Presbyterian church.
Architect Lange Powell designed the church in broad free gothic style, reminiscent of the 14th century.
“The carillon tower was dedicated as a World War 1 memorial and houses a peal of bells manufactured in Maryborough, England,” Doug said.
“During the 1970s the building came under the auspices of the Uniting Church in Australia and was purchased by the Seventh-day Adventist church in June 2004.
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