A small group of protesters oppose a proposed mosque in Currumbin. Photo: Tony Moore / Brisbanetimes
A small group of protesters oppose a proposed mosque in Currumbin. Photo: Tony Moore / Brisbanetimes

Gold Coast council rejects mosque application

AN application to build a mosque at Currumbin Waters on the Gold Coast has been rejected by the Gold Coast City Council.

The bid was rejected 10 votes to 5 after the council went into closed session to seek legal advice.

Earlier, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported the application for the 'place of worship' attracted 3867 submissions and eight petitions containing 5511 signatures.

But the application was recommended for approval with conditions by council's town planning staff.

Councillors at a recent planning committee voted 5-2 to approve the development adding the condition of a later start at 7am.

The city planning committee section of Tuesday's council meeting had just begun when Councillor Lex Bell told Mayor Tom Tate he had received urgent legal advice about the application.

"And so I think we should go into closed session so I can share this legal advice with my fellow councillors," Cr Bell said.

The meeting voted to close, forcing those in the public gallery and media gallery to leave.

It is believed the legal advice relates to the financial records of the site's previous owner.

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The development comes as residents on the Sunshine Coast appear divided over plans for a mosque at Maroochydore.

Muslims secured a property for their first mosque on the Sunshine Coast - in Church St, Maroochydore.

The block, formerly owned by the Uniting Church, was bought under the hammer at auction on September 4 and is next to the Catholic Church and not far down the street from the Anglican Church.

The Muslim Organisation of the Sunshine Coast (MOSC) has now begun asking on its website for funds to raise the additional "$480,000" needed by October 30 to build the masjid (mosque) on the Coast.

One letter writer to the Sunshine Coast Daily raised concerns about the impact on the amenity of the Maroochydore but acknowledged Muslims had the same rights as others to practise their religion.

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