by Jacob Wilson
THE new Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall under construction near Brandy Creek is expected to reach completion by the first week of January next year.
Local design and construction overseer Jamie Kennedy said people from congregations across Australia came together to help move the project forward.
"We are building a place of worship where there is no labour cost - everyone drove here at their own expense,” he said.
"When here they get looked after by locals, they get fed during the day and are provided accommodation.”
There are currently 95 local members of the Kingdom Hall congregation on site, in addition to 50 in Bowen and 400 followers across four congregations in Mackay.
Mr Kennedy said the group had a message of goodwill to spread across the world.
"I guess everyone knows us for our preaching activity and knocking on doors. The basis of our preaching is spreading a message of good news,” he said.
"We are not knocking to get more converts for money, it is because we purely found something good and want to help people in the future.”
Followers of "Jehovah” differ from mainstream Christianity, rejecting the concept of trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and also don't accept the existence of hell.
"We don't believe a god of love would be involved in that sort of thing,” Mr Kennedy said.
Anyone interested in learning more about the religion will be invited to an open day following the construction of the new hall.