Father Colin Tett and music director Ross Johnson with the grand old organ at Murwillumbah Anglican Church.
Father Colin Tett and music director Ross Johnson with the grand old organ at Murwillumbah Anglican Church. - Blainey Woodham

Funds to restore pipe organ

CONGREGATIONS at All Saints Anglican church in Murwillumbah will be singing to a new tune when their 83-year-old pipe organ is restored.

The church has received $41,750 from the NSW heritage project to undertake conservations works on their historic 1926 CW Leggo pipe organ.

But Father Colin Tett said it wasn’t easy.

"The state government last year encouraged councils to apply for heritage funding," he said.

"But the Tweed Shire Council never did, which means no one in the shire can apply for the grants."

Members of the church then went directly to the heritage office of the NSW Department of Planning where the church was successful in receiving the considerable grant.

"It’s one of the biggest grants in the state," Fr Tett said.

The church’s director of music Ross Johnson said he is over the moon the project has finally got funding.

"The organ is a state icon," said the volunteer organist of 50 years.

"It’s one of the two best remaining examples of work of well-known Sydney organ builder Charles Leggo."

The restoration of the organ’s older components and refurbishment of the console will cost about $176,000 all up.

* For more details see tomorrow's Tweed Daily News



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