WONDERFUL NEWS FROM DOWN UNDER! Controversial mosque planned for Currumbin has been rejected by Gold Coast City councillors

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AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast City Councillors have rejected a controversial mosque proposed for Currumbin Waters. Councillors voted 10 to 5 to scrap the application that had received a record number of objections in the lead up to today’s vote.

Gold Coast Bulletin

The Australian

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Currumbin-based city councillor Chris Robbins asked colleagues to refuse the mosque at today’s full council meeting. After a division was called, the vote was 10 councillors in support of Cr Robbins and five councillors against.

Those against her motion (and in support of the mosque) were Dawn Crichlow, Glenn Tozer, William Owen-Jones, Margaret Grummitt and Lex Bell. Those supporting her included Mayor Tom Tate and Deputy Mayor Donna Gates.

About 10 police officers were also there, after councillors Cameron Caldwell and William Owen-Jones received death threats for their support of the development.Another councillor, Chris Robbins, claimed she was threatened with gang rape and death from people opposed to the development via a social media website. Despite that, Cr Robbins led the call to reject the application, saying council had let down the community by not fully assessing the impact the development would have on them.

Residents have wildly celebrated the “win” outside the chamber, their cheers heard inside as councillors considered other planning matters. Cr Gates and Burleigh-based councillor Greg Betts spoke early to support the motion to refuse the application.

They were cheered by residents in a packed gallery. Many councillors who had publicly supported the mosque back-flipped and voted against it.

Both councillors Glenn Tozer and William Owen-Jones were unable to support Cr Robbins, given legal advice which suggested council would face an appeal from the mosque applicants.

Council had been asked to vote on a “material change of use” to allow Salsabil Charitable Organisation to convert a warehouse in an industrial estate at Currumbin into an Islamic place of worship.The plans for the 4768 square metre site triggered several protests from residents, some waving anti-Islamic signs, throughout the approvals process.A small number of anti-Islamic protesters gathered outside council chambers on Tuesday.

About 30 opponents of the planned mosque cheered and booed from the public gallery during Tuesday’s debate.Councillors from both sides of the debate expressed concern that the decision to refuse the application would result in a court appeal which could be costly for ratepayers.

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