WA govt hands over $2.5 million for Bunbury cathedral

Western Australian Minister for the South West, Mark McGowan, yesterday presented a cheque for $2.5 million to Bunbury Bishop Gerard Holohan for the rebuilding of the city's tornado-devastated Cathedral precinct.

According to a statement published on Media-Newswire, plans to rebuild Bunbury's iconic St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral precinct moved a big step closer with the handover of the cheque.

The precinct was destroyed by a severe tornado that hit Bunbury on 16 May, 2005 and which caused the State Government to declare the event a natural disaster.

Mr McGowan said the WA Government was delighted to assist in rebuilding the cathedral, which had been a Bunbury landmark.

"I saw first-hand the devastating damage the tornado caused to the cathedral precinct only hours after it had struck," he said.

"The tornado caused irreparable damage to the 84-year-old St Patrick?s Cathedral and there was little choice but for it to be demolished.

"The damage to the precinct also endangered the future of the historically important Parish House, an important part of the local heritage.

"I am confident that with the help of this funding from the Western Australian Government that Bunbury?s icon will be rebuilt better than ever."

In accepting the cheque on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury, Bishop Holohan said the funding was a welcome contribution to the reconstruction fund.

"I would like to thank the Minister - who has shown a personal interest in the cathedral precinct's future - on behalf of the Catholic Church and the wider Bunbury community," Bishop Holohan said.

"The extraordinary response from across the whole community during the consultation about the future cathedral shows the depth of community feeling about the replacement of St Patrick's."

The Bunbury Diocese will continue to raise funds for the rebuilding of a new landmark cathedral.

State Government provides $2.5 million to rebuild Bunbury?s cathedral">State Government provides $2.5 million to rebuild Bunbury's cathedral

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23 Jan 2007