Friday, October 07, 2016

Bishop's beach house proceeds to support abuse survivor fund

Profit to support survivor fundA Victorian beach house owned by a former Bishop of Ballarat, the late Ronald Mulkearns, has been put on the market, with the proceeds of the sale to be donated to a fund to support survivors of child sexual abuse, reports 

The clifftop home in the Great Ocean Road community of Fairhaven, purchased in 1986 for just $55,000, is expected to sell at auction on October 29 for at least $2.1 million.

Under the terms of Bishop Mulkearns' will, all profits from the sale of the property will go to the Diocese he headed between the 1970s and 1990s.

The current Bishop of Ballarat, Paul Bird, has previously committed to all proceeds from the sale being donated to a fund to support survivors of sexual abuse.

Bishop Mulkearns died, aged 85, earlier this year, without being able to finish the evidence he began giving at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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