UPDATE: A proposal to build an Islamic mosque at Currumbin Waters has been recommended for approval by Council’s planning committee.
The committee gave the mosque its first green light after a lengthy debate this morning, voting 5-2 for it to be approved.
The endorsement sparked outrage amongst protestors, who were holding a rally outside council chambers at Evandale.
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The application will now go to full council.
EARLIER: AROUND 50 locals gathered outside Council’s Evandale chambers today, protesting a proposed Islamic mosque at Currumbin Waters.
Police were called in to monitor the protest as councillors arrived to debate the controversial project, which has already received draft approval, in a planning meeting this morning.
The Salsabil Charitable Organisation wants to convert an existing warehouse on Villers and Coghill drives to operate as a mosque.
Under the draft approval, prayers can be held at the mosque seven days a week from 4am until 10pm.
Protestors are concerned about noise levels and street parking, despite two Christian churches already operating close to the proposed site.
Two formal petitions against the mosque have attracted 2140 signatures, and Facebook page titled “Stop the Mosque at Currumbin” has 3850 likes.