A central Albury landmark should be a lot more watertight when a three-month repair job is finished.
St David's Uniting Church, on the corner of Wilson and Olive Streets, has been partially fenced off to allow workers to fix its century-old roof in a project costing about $230,000.
"The main aim of the work is to replace the asbestos-based roof tiles which I guess in 1905 when the church was being built were something new and lightweight," roof restoration sub-committee member Bruce Fraser said.
"Age, weather, moss, there's a lot of moss on it in places and that's sort of affecting the structure of the tiles and they're gradually breaking down."
Buckets and towels have been needed in church when the ceiling leaked.
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Funding for repairs came from a Uniting Church Synod grant, the sale of surplus properties and congregational donations.
Heritage Roofing Restoration is overseeing the work while Wagga heritage architect Noel Thomson has also been involved.
St David's had planned to hold services in a different space during the roof repairs when coronavirus restrictions closed the whole complex, including the emergency food relief and bargain centre.
Mr Fraser said if the job was not completed when services returned, worship could be held in the church chapel or hall.
"The contract is for about 12 weeks; we're hoping it might be less than that but at this time of year it depends a lot on weather," he said.