The St Joseph’s Cathedral altar area under scaffolding.
The St Joseph’s Cathedral altar area under scaffolding. Contributed

Jesus raised for church restoration

JESUS has risen in Rockhampton - literally.

The beautiful Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, which usually sits in front of St Joseph's Cathedral, has been moved during the past couple of weeks while work is done to restore the gothic building and surrounding area.

The cathedral is undergoing a $6 million restoration.

Much of the work is visible to those passing by the cathedral.

Gavin Richardson of the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton said with work to the building's structure nearing completion, the focus was now on other areas.

"This work aims to restore the ground level around the cathedral to its original height - a reduction of 150mm - and in so doing will reintroduce the damp proof course to the building, which has been buried for many decades, causing deterioration of the bottom course of stone in many places," Mr Richardson said in a recent update to parishioners.

The project, which includes other significant elements, is expected to be completed in July, weather permitting.

The cathedral was opened in 1899.

Meanwhile, this week marks the start of Lent, the period leading up to Easter, the biggest celebration of the year for Christians.



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