SERMONS and the sound of jackhammers could soon be mingling at Inglewood Community Church.
Church elders have submitted an application to Stirling city council to relocate from Beaufort to Cleveland Street in the Daniella light industrial zone.
The baptist church has been based in Inglewood for more than 50 years and meets every Sunday at the Bob Daniel Community Centre, just shy of Tenth Avenue.
In his planning submission to council, pastor Mark Edwards said the new location would benefit the local area.
“There have been issues with vandals strewing rubbish all over the street,” he wrote.
“We believe our presence during a previously unused time will actually be a form of passive security.
“We also believe that bringing people into the area will provide some vibrancy for the businesses and cafes open on Walter Road.”
The new church would include a youth department, office space, Sunday school area, creche and a craft area.
Currently parishioners only have use of a main hall at the community centre.
Council staff have recommended waiving the usual cash-in-lieu for the 176 car bays shortfall.
They note the Dianella site is slowly transitioning from an industrial to mixed use zone, with apartments recently being built 90m from the proposed site.
The council is mulling over whether to change its policy to permit recreational businesses—including dance studios, squash courts and indoor cricket centres—to operate in industrial zones.
The Inglewood church was previously located at 144 Sixth Avenue before moving to the Bob Daniel centre six years ago.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK