Australia: Bendigo mosque backers ask non-Muslims to help fund the project

An artist’s impression of the mosque.

The backers of a controversial plan to build a mosque in Bendigo want non-Muslims to help fund the project.

Australian Islamic Mission Victorian spokesman Dr Seyed Sheriffdeen said his group would ask government authorities, local businesses and other organisations for assistance.

“If you look at the facility it’s an asset for the local community in Bendigo,” he said.

“We will ask the local community to support this, they are the stakeholders of this project.”

The Shire of Greater Bendigo has approved the plan, but opponents have appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal with the hearing due to start this week.

Dr Sheriffdeen said his group would challenge a council permit condition not to allow political discussion on the mosque site, saying it was discriminatory…

…Community tensions intensified earlier this year when the council approved the project, despite opposition from a well-organised protest group…