Council approves controversial $3 million mosque that sparked riots and violent clashes between anti and pro-Islamic protesters

Work is set to begin on an Islamic mosque that has divided a city in central Victoria and sparked violent clashes on the streets.

After two years of legal battles, construction is beginning in coming weeks on Bendigo’s first Muslim place of worship.

Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the development complied with planning laws and confirmed her council had ‘no other direct or financial interest in the mosque’.