REPAIRS to Holy Trinity have started in earnest with a crane put in place yesterday to access damaged areas of the church spire.
Holy Trinity has embarked on a restoration program to raise $1.2 million to restore sections of the historic church.
However, a storm in Orange in February which caused further damage, and the discovery of more damage, has changed the priorities for the project.
Holy Trinity has appointed consultant Dave McLeod as project manager to oversee the repairs and the restoration work.
Yesterday a crane was brought in for the start of more repair work, with a lane of Byng Street closed off.
Parish spokesman Rob Westcott said yesterday $190,000 had been pledged to the appeal to date, comprising $100,000 in cash.
Boosting the total so far is a State heritage grant of $40,000.
The parish of Holy Trinity has been actively fundraising for the last 12 months to raise funds for the restoration.
The five bells sourced from the United Kingdom to be installed in the bell tower are waiting for the repair work to be carried out before being placed in the tower.
There have been strong expressions of interest from parishioners who have enrolled to learn bell ringing.