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Being part of the Lutheran community in Naracoorte means coming together to work on a shared project for the benefit of all. This year has seen congregational members of St John’s Lutheran Church, South Australia, banding together to restore the cottage adjacent to the church building, including donating their time and much-needed funds to the cause.

To support the congregation, LLL offered St John’s Lutheran Church a one-off $6,000 grant to help it achieve its vision and enable it to serve the community long into the future.

Once completed, the congregation will benefit from an increase in rental income, appreciating that it has been able to support people to find accommodation in a regional community where there are work opportunities and few properties to rent.

The project has been a team effort, with many members of all ages and skills helping. Who doesn’t love a good opportunity to rejuvenate a cottage for the greater good?

So far, the congregation has repaired the toilet suite, plumbing and tap fittings, water-proofed the shower in the bathroom, repaired the carpet and floating floorboards, bought a new stove for the kitchen, painted two rooms and changed curtains. The church is hoping to lay floor coverings and complete the bathroom renovations shortly. There is still work to be done on the fence and yard, with materials for the new side fence ready to go. Work on the front fence and yard is dependent on council consultations and feedback, but the working party is looking forward to getting its hands dirty and digging in as soon as possible.

When completed and the cottage is tenanted, rental income will rise by $40 to $220 per week. The rental income will make a significant difference, with all church members benefiting.

Naracoorte mens working group Naracoorte cottage

Images: main and left, cottage restoration working groups and right, the cottage

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