Authorities approve construction of mosque in Australia’s Maroochydore

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SHAFAQNA - A proposed Maroochydore mosque, previously opposed by more than 200 protesters, has received approval from the Sunshine Coast Council. 

The Sunshine Coast’s Islamic community bought the two-storey house in Church Street from Uniting Care last year and lodged an application for a mosque. 

Planning portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said the application was assessed and managed in accordance with the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014. 

A rally against the proposal was held last year and saw more than 200 people attended, but premier Campbell Newman and opposition leader Anastasia Palaszczuk condemned their actions. 

Federal MP Mal Brought previously urged locals opposed to the mosque to learn more about Islam, rather than succumbing to misguided fear and hatred.

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