Property Services consists of a broad, dedicated team of specialists from a wide range of property backgrounds who work with you to best manage your property needs for the common wealth of the Church. This ensures we are optimising our assets and remain focused on our mission directives.
Pest control and gutter clearing are always important practices for our church buildings, but during this period of COVID-19 when our buildings are not having regular use or visibility it is particularly important to do these activities.
Property Services encourages all groups responsible for buildings to engage professional contractors for the maintenance of pest control systems. There are reports of an increase in pest activity as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
With the closure of schools, restaurants etc this has affected the food supply for rodents, which are now on the move. As well as hygiene and disease concerns, rodents can cause damage to buildings, especially older buildings with unprotected electrical circuits or old wiring. Any damaged wiring is a significant safety concern and can lead to risk of harm or fire so it’s important to keep the rodents at bay.
We are also encouraging the engagement of professional services for gutter cleaning and the trimming of overhanging trees as we approach winter. Keeping trees trimmed away from overhanging eaves avoids leaves in gutters and removes a transport route for rodents to enter rooves.
We do not support church volunteers clearing church building gutters or high trimming of trees due to the serious risk of falls, so it is important to engage professional services.
Many gutter cleaning services can now operate gutter vacs from ground level. If you have any safety questions about gutter cleaning please contact Synod OHS at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, telephone 03 9251 5949 or email email@example.com
Liaises with Presbytery Mission Committees and Presbytery Ministers for Mission and Education and Administration in respect to inquiring into and applying mission motivated development criteria when the various councils of the Church consider applications to acquire, build, lease or sell property. (Regulation 4.6 – Property Dealings).
Advocates for mission purposes within the operations of property services.
Represents practical missiology in respect the role and functions properties play within the Property Services unit, and in association with the presbytery Committees and Ministers.
- Mission Motivated Development
- Property Can Serve Mission Purposes Directly
- Property Can Serve Mission Purposes Indirectly
- The Purpose of Property is to Serve Mission, not Congregational Identity
Asset Management, Property Maintenance and Essential Services Planning
- Real Estate Advisory Services
- Building and Maintenance and Minor Works
- Facilities Management and Maintenance
- Property Management Services
- Purchasing Property
- Selling a Property
- Leasing Property (Residential, Commercial and Retail)
- Property Reviews
- General Property Advice
- Useful Websites
Projects and Development / Re-Development Management
- Project Management Services
- Projects and Development Services
- Consultant Advice
Trusts and Bequests
- Trusts Group
- Trusts and the Church
- Trusteeship of Trusts
- Types of Gifts
- Recording the Trust Terms
- Investment of Trust Money
- Tax Deductibility
Forms and Resources
- Process Flow Charts
- Grants and Loans
Boards and Committees
PART (Property Applications Review Team)
PART is a sub-committee of both the Property Board and BOMAR, and it receives and processes applications for property and finance matters. The committee meets fortnightly and the membership is comprised of staff including the Property Officer, Synod Legal Officer, Real Estate consultant and representatives from the Property Services Unit and the Commission for Mission.
PART provides a “one stop shop” for congregations on property and finance matters, and has delegated authority from both Boards to make decisions within respective policies and authority limits. PART reports to the monthly meetings of both Boards regarding the decisions made, and refers any applications outside policy or authority level. Property matters include applications to lease, build, purchase and sell. Finance matters include applications for a loan, grant (Disability Access Fund or Emergency), use of property sale proceeds, and establishment of an Interest Only Mission Fund (IOMF).
PART also receives the mission discernment applications “Form 1 Getting Started” and “Form 2 Discerning and Deciding”. The committee provides feedback as necessary, and ensures that the discernment process has occurred and is documented particularly for building projects, access to property sale proceeds and establishment of an IOMF.