Mystery around possible sale of former church building

The former church site on the corner of Cedar and River streets in Woodburn.

Susanna Freymark

Has the church building on the corner of River and Cedar streets in Woodburn been sold?

Word on the street says so and at we’ve been trying to get confirmation of this.

The former St Alban’s Anglican Church was opened in 1961 and has operated as an op shop since 2012.

There were rumours Richmond Valley Council had purchased the site for a car park.

Not so.

The council is planning to improve car parking at the Woodburn Memorial Hall, across the road from the church.

Has the former church been sold?

The council received $234,647 in grant money from the 2022 Community Assets Program, part of the Community Local Infrastructure Program co-funded by the state and federal governments to support communities impacted by the 2022 flood events.

The parking project at the hall will formalise the car parking area with a sealed hardstand to improve drainage. There will be a connecting accessible pathway to the hall’s ramp access points and an adjoining footpath leading to the CBD.

Work is scheduled to start later this year.

Council also received $840,000 as part of the Community Assets Program funding to provide a new besser block, flood-resilient building for the Woodburn Pony Club and Tennis Club.

As to who has bought the former church building – will do its best to find out more information. If you know more than we do please email

Commemorating the opening of the church in 1961.

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