It's not fair, rather wrong, to ignore the need of our dedicated church community. This is vital for our survival and continuation of mission towards the children, the youth, the families and elderly of our local community. STOP THE GREED!
This church and its future development is of great importance to my family. As one of the first family’s to attend when the church was first conceived we would like to see it continue to grow for our family and future families
It is hard to justify the position of the dept. in ignoring the existence and need of an already present congregation, of close to 3000 parishioners of a Church based Community, stakeholders of an area of 4000 sq. m. and contributing in providing an invaluable social infrastructure service for more than 30 years. After 3 years of consultation with the Dept. attending workshops, involving consultants, presenting detailed submissions, and amendments; then shockingly in the last draft the dept. turn up to deny our presence, needs and rights to survive within the developmental vision of the dept. in the precinct. The Coptic Church Community is the biggest community service Provider in this area for decades, The Dept. sought 5% affordable housing, we originally offered 20% with 7 % crisis accommodation on top, Community Nursing home, youth activity hall, Bulk billing specialists facility, Sunday school classes, Social gathering hall, etc. All these Community-based infrastructure services will be available to serve the whole area in large. It was chocking for our existing community to find out that we have been substituted by a new community withhold taking into consideration our own need, and without consultation or justification of the ground of discrediting our submitted previous plans. Such attitude was taken very negatively by the congregation, read as a clear ethnic discrimination, and be-siding the developers on account of the Church Community needs; we as religious entity we will never be interested to face such consequences . I quote what the holy Father Pope John VI said “if you want peace work for justice”.