THE Bathurst Anglican diocese should share the burden of its $36 million debt with its 34 parishes and consider selling land surrounding its school in Bathurst, All Saints’ College, according to one Holy Trinity parishioner.
Max Madden was part of the push to stop the sale of the Bluestone Hall in Orange last year.
He was hopeful the diocese would rule out asset sales as a way of clawing back its debt.
“We just have to keep negotiating with the bank to come to some deal with them,” he said.
“We’ll have to do it all together, share the overall debt.
“There are ways in which each parish can contribute towards it.”
Mr Madden said Holy Trinity could give the revenue from renting out the Bluestone Hall to the diocese.
Last year the parish budgeted for $50,000 income from the hall.
He said the diocese was happy with the deal with the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation to purchase the schools, but it was obviously not enough to cover what had been borrowed.
“I think there’s a few assets that could be sold off [at All Saints’ College],” he said.
“There’s a fair bit of land there.”
Mr Madden said despite the difficulties the diocese was facing, parishioners were pleased with Bishop Palmer’s approach since he took over in February.
“He’s realistic and he understands the situation,” he said.
“He took it on and I don’t think anyone else would.”