REVEALED: Anglican Church seeks $35m taxpayer funds for Adelaide cathedral revamp

The Anglican Church wants $35 million of taxpayer funds as part of an estimated $100 million redevelopment of St Peter’s Cathedral and its surrounds in a bid to double annual visits, with the plans also including an as-yet-unconfirmed tramline extension into North Adelaide.

Branded “Cathedral 150”, the proposed project involves restoring state heritage-listed St Peter’s Cathedral, which celebrated its 150-year anniversary last year, as well as constructing a new underground visitor centre and public plaza outside the landmark building.

Documents obtained by InDaily show the church is seeking up to $35 million from the state and federal governments to pay for the public infrastructure works, including $15 million for the restoration and $20 million for the visitor centre and plaza.

The remaining $65 million will be spent by the Diocese to create an annuity to maintain the cathedral.

The Anglican Church has also asked the State Government to spend an undisclosed sum to extend the north-south tramline into North Adelaide to create a new “cathedral line” connecting St Peter’s Cathedral to Victoria Square, where Colonel William Light originally intended the church to be built in the 1800s.

An Anglican Diocese of Adelaide document outlining its funding request to the state and federal governments.

The extended line would feature three new stops extending from the Festival Plaza stop: one directly in front of St Peter’s Cathedral, a second near the old Le Cornu site at 88 O’Connell Street and the third near the Piccadilly Cinema.

According to the plan, other future developments, including a proposed new Aquatic Centre in the park lands, would also benefit from a tramline extension into North Adelaide.

It follows a $259 million Labor pledge ahead of the 2018 election to extend the tramline two-kilometres along O’Connell Street into North Adelaide as part of its proposed “ProspectLink” extension – a plan that has been shelved by the Marshall Liberal Government until at least after the next poll in 2022.

According to the undated plan, the restoration works were scheduled to start as early as next month, with construction on the public realm and visitor centre due to begin in January.

The proposed St Peter’s Cathedral underground visitor centre. Image: Woods Bagot/Anglican Archdiocese of Adelaide

The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide and St Peters Cathedral commissioned UK consultancy firm Mott MacDonald, which was involved in the Torrens to Torrens project and Adelaide Oval redevelopment, and Melbourne-based architects Woods Bagot, which worked on the Adelaide Convention Centre redevelopment, to come up with the plan.

It states the redevelopment would transform the cathedral precinct into a “destination” and double annual visitation from 40,000 to 80,000 people.

According to the church, the proposed redevelopment has the potential to create a “catalyst for development in the surrounding areas” and increase the residential population in North Adelaide.

Estimated property values of key North Adelaide sites. Image: Mott MacDonald/Anglican Diocese of Adelaide

A vision statement declares the redevelopment would create an “ongoing revenue stream” for the cathedral and “enhance the prominence and accessibility of St Peter’s Cathedral within our city”.

The designs show the redeveloped cathedral would complement a yet-to-be-announced new development at the current Women’s and Children’s Hospital site, once the public hospital is relocated from North Adelaide to the city’s west.

It would also “enhance Adelaide’s culture of music” by aligning with the University of Adelaide’s Conservatorium of Music, as well as the State Government’s proposed new acoustic concert hall, which is yet to be funded.

A raft of church redevelopments interstate and overseas are mentioned as “benchmark” examples for the proposed St Peter’s Cathedral works, including Bishop’s See in Perth, Aspire Precinct in Bendigo, Project Pilgrim at Gloucester Cathedral and Cathedral Place in Philadelphia.

A tramline extension into North Adelaide would help link the cathedral to what the designers have named “Riverbank 2.0”, featuring new developments including the proposed concert hall, an unannounced glass building floating on the Torrens called “Elder Jewel” and a new sports arena on Memorial Drive – a project that the Government has since shelved.

The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide wants to connect St Peter’s Cathedral to a redeveloped “Riverbank 2.0” featuring new and existing developments. Image: Mott MacDonald/Anglican Diocese of Adelaide

According to the master plan documents, Premier Steven Marshall and former Planning Minister Stephan Knoll have been briefed on the plans, as well as South Australian Liberal senator David Fawcett and ex-independent senator Cory Bernardi.

InDaily asked Marshall’s office if the State Government was considering funding the project, but a spokesperson referred the enquiry to Planning Minister Vickie Chapman, who is yet to respond.

Treasurer Rob Lucas said a broad proposal had been raised and rejected a year ago but he had not seen the detailed plans since then.

He also added that he had declined a request for $3.25 million earlier this year from the Adelaide Anglican diocese for a smaller scale restoration.

“As with all proposals, the Government will consider it but my personal view is it would have to be a fairly high threshold to be putting $35 million into a cathedral,” he said.

“We may have similar arguments for other principal places of worship for other religions as well [so] we’d obviously cast the eye on what the ongoing public benefit would be for any such proposal.

“If it’s submitted, it will be given due consideration.”

Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack is yet to respond to InDaily‘s request for comment.

The church has briefed a raft of major organisations including the Adelaide Oval’s Stadium Management Authority, the Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide Festival Centre, the University of Adelaide, Business SA and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

It also intends to launch an expression of interest process to secure potential development partners.

The Adelaide City Council is not mentioned in the documents.

Image: Anglican Diocese of Adelaide

InDaily contacted the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide for comment but it yet to receive a response.

The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide earlier this week announced that it had sold its 164-year-old mansion Bishop’s Court at Palmer Place for an undisclosed sum.

The 5300 square-metre property, which sits on prime land overlooking Palmer Gardens, hit the market in February and was expected to fetch more than $10 million – making it the most expensive residential property in SA.

Archbishop Geoff Smith was the most recent resident, having lived at the estate for the past three years with his wife.

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Broncos coach Anthony Seibold won’t answer $3.5m David Fifita question

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold urged fans to keep the faith after the Broncos’ 46-8 loss to Melbourne last night but while he searched for positives after yet another defeat there was one topic he wasn’t willing to wade into.

The Broncos have lost eight of their past nine matches, conceding 94 points in their last two games against the Storm and Tigers while scoring only one try. They’ve got problems off the field too as they engage in a bidding war with Gold Coast for the services of gun back-rower David Fifita.

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The 20-year-old was initially weighing up a $1.25m one-year offer to join the Titans in 2021, but the club has now reportedly upped the ante. Yesterday the Courier Mail reported that offer had been bumped up to $3.5 million over three years.

The Broncos can only afford to pay Fifita $700,000 next year, so are hoping he stays at Red Hill out of loyalty, with the lure of richer contracts and bigger paydays from 2022 onwards.

But Seibold wasn’t prepared to talk about the Titans’ mega deal after last night’s loss, jumping in midway through a reporter’s question to make his position clear.

“I’m not here to talk about that tonight, I want to talk about the game tonight,” Seibold said.

Fifita has changed his mind a couple of times about leaving Brisbane, and is expected to make a decision about his future next week.

NRL guru Phil Gould labelled the Titans’ monster offer “irresponsible” on Twitter while Newcastle legend Andrew Johns thinks throwing $1m a season at a back-rower isn’t the right move.

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“A million dollars for me for a back-rower is quite high,” Johns said. “I think the Broncos said they’d only go to seven or eight hundred (thousand), something like that.

“I think the Broncos are right, I think about $800,000. He’s an amazing prospect. He could be one of the best back-rowers in the game but he’s only 20 and I don’t think I’d be paying anywhere near that million dollars … for a back-rower.”

Fifita’s Broncos teammate Pat Carrigan said while he wants the young gun to stay, he can understand if the injured star heads to the glitter strip given the money being put in front of him.

“I will respect whatever Dave wants to do moving forward,” Carrigan said. “I would love to keep him at the Broncs but we have all got a family and our own aspirations and have to look at what is best for them.

“It is not a distraction at all. I can’t wait to get him back on the field and hopefully that is here for a couple more years.

“Tonight’s performances and other performances have nothing to do with what is going on with Dave and his contract situation.

“I am good mates with Dave and I know what he is about as a person. He is about getting his rehab done. He is hurting at the moment with the results we are dishing up but he is a part of our club.”

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La Trobe Street shop sells for $3.5m

An investor has paid $745,000 on a 5.4 per cent yield for a strata shop at 515 Hampton Street.Credit:


An older 1163 sq m office/ warehouse has sold prior to auction for $1.3 million. Located at 18 Century Drive, the property on two titles sold to an owner occupier in a deal transacted by Nichols Crowder’s David Garfield.


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Despite current economic challenges, GormanKelly’s Samuel Torrance secured Peak Chiropractic as the new tenant for 405 Canterbury Road. The business took a five-year lease plus option at a starting rent of $90,000 a year. The building is undergoing a significant renovation.


An online florist has leased 21 Studley Street for $34,000 per annum on a three-year lease. The boutique 105 sq m warehouse-style studio was fully self-contained and included on-site parking for one vehicle, Gorman Commercial’s Dean Alexander said.


Aeastudio & Lash Squad will open a new parlour in shop 2 and 3 at 556 North Road on annual rent of $25,000. The 103 sq m space was leased for two years by CBRE’s Jason Orenbuch and Zelman Ainsworth.


Financial planners Money Lab will move into level 2 and 3 at 29-31 Izett Street after signing a lease negotiated by JLL’s Matt Szakiel. The firm took a six-year lease valued at more than $1.5 million over the 650 sq m in the uber cool warehouse conversion, which boasts a red swimming pool and an expansive open-air terrace.

The terrace and swimming pool at 29-31 Izett Street, Prahran.

The terrace and swimming pool at 29-31 Izett Street, Prahran.Credit:

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Rare 318ha farm in historic Richmond lists at $3.5m+

IT has been almost 50 years since this Richmond farm was last on the market.

Logie Farm is a 318ha property located at No.440 Prossers Road, Richmond, and No.59 Logie Farm Road, Orielton.

Most recently it has been used for mixed farming, primarily sheep grazing, but given its size and location it lends itself to a number of opportunities.

Harcourts Northern Suburbs property representative Damien Hollingsworth said the property had many appealing aspects to it.

He said if the next owner wanted to subdivide, subject to approval, they could have 10 large blocks and keep a big portion of the property for themselves.

With part of the property being in the Sorell municipality and the rest in Clarence, there is a variety in the minimum lot sizes of 20ha and 40ha. The property is zoned “Rural Resource”.

“There is also an income stream from its quarry, and the farming aspect of it as it offers about 170ha, which has been identified as being prime land for viticulture,” Damien said.

“We have had some inquiries already from Tasmanian and interstate vineyard owners.

“The marketing for this one will be far and wide. It will certainly be interesting to see who the buyer ends up being.

“We have had inquiries that were focused on the quarry, farming the land, a vineyard and one that was interested in the farm but not the house — it has been varied.

“Having that subdividable land where you could quite easily sell some blocks in the future, that could reduce the overall cost of the property should someone want to go down that road.”

The farm has a 50-megalitre water right from the South-East Irrigation Scheme, two large dams and several smaller dams for stock water.

Alongside the farm there is a sunny, character-filled three-bedroom home with pleasant rural views.

The house retains some period features, including pressed-metal ceilings, wide hallways and original fireplaces.

It has an upgraded kitchen, wood heating, two living areas and a covered outdoor entertaining area.

Damien said there was not much on the market that could compare with Logie Farm.

“Properties like this one tend to stay within families for long periods of time,” he said.

“Farms of this size don’t hit the market often, particularly of this quality and in such a tremendous location.”

Logie Farm is located in the renowned Coal River Valley of South-East Tasmania on the fringe of the historic township of Richmond.

It is mostly north-facing with multiple entrances and an easy 30-minute drive to the Hobart CBD, Salamanca and the waterfront precinct.

Expressions of interest will close on July 7 at 2pm.

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