The historic Federal Church will belong to the community after more than a year of fundraising. A group formed to ‘save the heart of Federal’ has raised $22,000 needed to buy the church from its seller, the Anglican Diocese of Grafton.
The group’s co-convenor Rhonda Ansiewicz said, ‘at the first public meeting when the community indicated they wanted to try to raise the funds it seemed doable but a mammoth task for a small community’.
‘It has been an amazing achievement. Hundreds of people have given donations, time, energy, talents and skills. There have been festivals, concerts and morning teas with endless cake-making. The support came from beyond our small village from all over NSW, Victoria and Queensland and as far as the UK. The feedback from people in the shire has been positive and it has given many the impetus to think what they might set out to do in their village,’ she said.
Ms Ansiewicz said it was a testament to the Federal community that they had a dream and have brought it to reality.
‘Congratulations to each and every one who worked to achieve this aim. It is a good feeling to belong to this community.’