Paul Gerrard and Jackie Kyte are concerned The Exclusive Brethren has plans to build a church among their homes.
Paul Gerrard and Jackie Kyte are concerned The Exclusive Brethren has plans to build a church among their homes. Craig Warhurst

Street under threat from church

THE more Bruce and Jackie Kyte read about The Exclusive Brethren, the more they started to worry about what was going on in their neighbourhood.

Having happily lived on Gympie’s Southside for many years, the Kytes have growing concerns about The Exclusive’s Brethren’s plans to build a place of worship among Groundwater Road properties.

They say the application, which is currently being reviewed by Gympie Regional Council, has outraged local residents, who believe the church is a threat to their way of life.

“Current planning legislation does not allow residents to object to this application — only comment,” Mrs Kyte said. “If this application is successful The Exclusive Brethren will be able to proceed with building a place of worship in a lovely residential area. (It) will be a shed with no windows, 29 car parks, surrounded by a high security fence with a guard on duty during worship.

“The Exclusive Brethren attend services up to three times per day, seven days a week, with their first service commencing at 6am. (Their) congregation is growing in numbers and therefore a church in our area will increase traffic flow, especially with vehicles coming and going.”

Mr and Mrs Kyte said most Groundwater residents had invested heavily in their community and were worried their homes would decrease in value if the place of worship was to go ahead, which was why they started an E-petition on the Queensland Parliament website.

The Exclusive Brethren’s Gympie church elder Ken Baker agreed in an earlier interview with The Gympie Times that the church’s beliefs attracted criticism, in particular the doctrine of separation.

Despite the concerns of his potential immediate neighbours, Mr Baker said The Exclusive Brethren liked to have contact with their nearby neighbours.

Gympie Times


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