Construction has started this week on the eight-unit development in East Westbury Place, Deloraine, on land owned by St. Mark’s Anglican Church.

The development is the product of significant thought regarding how this block might both be a blessing to the community of Deloraine and support the church in their mission to make disciples of Jesus.

“We are so excited to be able to invest into the community through this project, providing some units into the local market, and hopefully continuing to support the work of the church in the community for many years to come,” says Rev Joshua Skeat, Rector of St Mark’s Anglican Church in Deloraine.

Like a lot of places in Tasmania, there is a lack of affordable housing in Deloraine, and the congregation of St Mark’s hopes that these units will provide accessible, affordable, quality accommodation to more people in the community. It is anticipated the units will be finished by December 2021.

In order to fund the project, six of the eight units will be sold, and the remaining two will be retained by the church to provide rental income to support the work of St Mark’s in the Deloraine community.

After the church service on Sunday 21 March, the congregation took the opportunity to pray over the building site and the project, asking for God’s protection for workers during the construction phase, as well as for the community that would be drawn together in the unit block.

“The gospel is all about drawing people together as community, through the saving work of Jesus. We can play a part in modelling and supporting that through the physical development here, and by continuing to strengthen the Parish to be a support for the Deloraine community into the future,” said Rev Skeat.

With the project made possible through the pro-bono work of Traders-in-Purple in the planning phase, the two-bedroom units are being built by Launceston builder Beardwood Pty Ltd, designed by local architects CMK and are being marketed by Key2 Property who recently moved into the Deloraine market with the acquisition of Quamby View Real Estate.

Parish Project Manager, Nigel Morrison, says, “it has been great to have the support and encouragement of this strong team as we have worked through the process of design and getting permits in place to allow us to start on site this week”.

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For media enquiries please contact:

Rev Joshua Skeat, Rector, St Mark’s Deloraine
0438 681 404

Mr Nigel Morrison, Parish Project Manager
0419 656 159

Published: 26 March 2021

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