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Gungahlin Mosque confirmed on The Valley Avenue

By 24 January 2011 52

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that he’s finished selecting the site for a mosque in Gungahlin.

A mosque and community centre will be built in the Gungahlin Town Centre after the ACT Government approved the direct sale of land to the Canberra Muslim Community (CMC).

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said the 5,390m2 site, on The Valley Avenue, was selected following extensive consultation with the CMC and the community.

The sale includes the use of an adjoining block for overflow parking under a licensing agreement with the Government.

Mr Stanhope said the extra space should alleviate any concerns about traffic or parking pressures.

“The CMC has a large and growing membership and the new mosque in the Gungahlin Town Centre will cater for its members for the coming decades,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The 500-capacity mosque includes a community centre, on-site parking for visitors, and access to overflow parking for large events and services.

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52 Responses to Gungahlin Mosque confirmed on The Valley Avenue
#1
kevin221:02 pm, 24 Jan 11

Isn’t there a Church about 2 blocks from the Propose Mosque at the moment?

#2
la mente torbida2:31 pm, 24 Jan 11

@kevin22

So?

#3
gospeedygo2:49 pm, 24 Jan 11

The Jews have been getting a run on this site lately. I’m glad the Muslims are getting a turn to be vilified now. Will the Anglicans be next week?

#4
kiwilostinaussie6:50 pm, 24 Jan 11

I live in Gungahlin and have done for 18 months. I have not been consulted. I did not get notification of any kind – mail, email, fax, letterbox drop nothing! I am really sick and tired of hearing “extensive consultation” when there is none. I have no problem with a mosque as long as they don’t broadcast their prayer times like they do in Indonesia over loud speakers at EVERY prayer time and the building is not an eye sore. Some people may not agree with me. I have spent a lot of time in Indonesia which has the highest percentage of Muslims in the world whilst I respect everyone’s religions I just don’t need it to be in your face.

#5
SolarPowered7:28 pm, 24 Jan 11

Anything that brings more people in to the town centre is a good thing for the local businesses.

#6
Ian7:56 pm, 24 Jan 11

I’m hoping the design includes a 100m tall minaret and a sound system fit to call to prayer everyone in Nicholls.

#7
Golden-Alpine8:23 pm, 24 Jan 11

@kiwilostinaussie This has been in the Chronicle and also in the Gungahlin Community Council’s Gunsmoke.

If you want to be kept informed on what is happening in Gungahlin I would suggest to you and other Gungahlin residents to attend the Gungahlin Community Council meetings.

#8
Eby8:26 pm, 24 Jan 11

kiwilostinaussie said :

I live in Gungahlin and have done for 18 months.

I have not been consulted. I did not get notification of any kind – mail, email, fax, letterbox drop nothing! I am really sick and tired of hearing “extensive consultation” when there is none. I have no problem with a mosque as long as they don’t broadcast their prayer times like they do in Indonesia over loud speakers at EVERY prayer time and the building is not an eye sore. Some people may not agree with me. I have spent a lot of time in Indonesia which has the highest percentage of Muslims in the world whilst I respect everyone’s religions I just don’t need it to be in your face.

If you have an issue with it, move somewhere else. For someone that respects everyone’s religions, you’re pretty… disrespectful.

I don’t even know why this is news. A new church is also being built in Gungahlin, yet that is not considered newsworthy (nor should it be).

#9
Not8:47 pm, 24 Jan 11

Why I think that would add to the charm of Canberra. Strategically placed architecture that looks so abstract. And the housewives are just going to love the diversity.

#10
farnarkler9:02 pm, 24 Jan 11

Sorry kiwi but this is a case of NIMBY. You’ve copped it, we havent.

#11
commoner9:04 pm, 24 Jan 11

Jihad Jon (Stanhope) strikes again. He’ll be introducing legislation in the ACT Assembly soon to implement sharia law in Canberra, no doubt.
By the way, the Muslims do a great job of vilifying themselves, we don’t really need to do it for them. What about that Muslim guy in Sydney last week who said ‘Julia Gillard should just step aside and let the Muslims take over’ and told us that the Islamic punishment for thieves of chopping off hands was ‘glad tidings’. But no, Jon with his superior morals knows better than us, and if anyone says anything the all-knowing Jon disagrees with, their views are ‘abhorrent’.

#12
Fender9:36 pm, 24 Jan 11

Tolerance should work both ways.

#13
BlackIce10:05 pm, 24 Jan 11

kiwilostinaussie said :

I live in Gungahlin and have done for 18 months.

I have not been consulted. I did not get notification of any kind – mail, email, fax, letterbox drop nothing! ….

I wouldn’t expect to get direct notification unless you lived damn close.

#14
Eby10:05 pm, 24 Jan 11

commoner said :

But no, Jon with his superior morals knows better than us, and if anyone says anything the all-knowing Jon disagrees with, their views are ‘abhorrent’.

No, just yours.

#15
fgzk11:32 pm, 24 Jan 11

I don’t see a problem. I little more traffic on Friday lunch.

The worst thing is having to tolerate all the ridiculous RA posts regarding the Muslim faith.

The guy from Sydney, doesn’t he already post here. He is not satisfied with the laws of the land and wants harsher punishments for criminals. Sounds rather familiar.

#16
vg11:34 pm, 24 Jan 11

commoner said :

Jihad Jon (Stanhope) strikes again. He’ll be introducing legislation in the ACT Assembly soon to implement sharia law in Canberra, no doubt.
By the way, the Muslims do a great job of vilifying themselves, we don’t really need to do it for them. What about that Muslim guy in Sydney last week who said ‘Julia Gillard should just step aside and let the Muslims take over’ and told us that the Islamic punishment for thieves of chopping off hands was ‘glad tidings’. But no, Jon with his superior morals knows better than us, and if anyone says anything the all-knowing Jon disagrees with, their views are ‘abhorrent’.

Yes, all Muslims are alike. What about that Christian guy Fred Nile?

You might want to read a little of the history of Northern Ireland for perspective, and add some research in Islam into the mix as you’re not particularly well-informed

#17
Erg09:21 am, 25 Jan 11

Has Andrew Barr tweeted about this thread yet?

#18
jasmine10:13 am, 25 Jan 11

What is the difference if Mosque or Church? I agree that the use of loudspeakers would constitute noise pollution, but I doubt that would be allowed under the terms of the agreement in our secular society.

There are militant Muslims who sprout the prejudicial “you are either a Muslim or not a Muslim” diatribe, but equally the US has it’s share of militant Christians as well. Hopefully we in Oz are more even-handed.

#19
Skidbladnir11:10 am, 25 Jan 11

I support the Islamic community building another mosque, if the current ones can’t cater .
They pay their taxes, they are good neighbours, and frankly Gungahlin needs all the character it can find.

However, Gungahlin Al telling them to refine their plan to suit his taste in architecture and using colourbond as a feature component was kind of weird.
Let them build it however they want to, and just accept them for what they choose to express.

(From comment 97 in this thread)Gungahlin Al: I also discussed the architectural design aspects, and suggested that the community may be more accepting of the centre if the buildings could be designed as something symbolic of the Islamic faith integrated (note *not* assimilated – something else altogether) within the Australian community. … I understand from the rep I talked with today that it did follow this idea, and he mentioned it featuring colourbond, etc

#20
amarooresident31:06 pm, 25 Jan 11

commoner said :

Jihad Jon (Stanhope) strikes again. He’ll be introducing legislation in the ACT Assembly soon to implement sharia law in Canberra, no doubt.
By the way, the Muslims do a great job of vilifying themselves, we don’t really need to do it for them. What about that Muslim guy in Sydney last week who said ‘Julia Gillard should just step aside and let the Muslims take over’ and told us that the Islamic punishment for thieves of chopping off hands was ‘glad tidings’. But no, Jon with his superior morals knows better than us, and if anyone says anything the all-knowing Jon disagrees with, their views are ‘abhorrent’.

Just so you know, your views are abhorrent, as well as ignorant, racist and unwelcome.

#21
bitzermaloney1:38 pm, 25 Jan 11

Ian said :

I’m hoping the design includes a 100m tall minaret and a sound system fit to call to prayer everyone in Nicholls.

Don’t you mean Calwell, Banks & Tharwa?

#22
Mysteryman4:38 pm, 25 Jan 11

amarooresident3 said :

commoner said :

Jihad Jon (Stanhope) strikes again. He’ll be introducing legislation in the ACT Assembly soon to implement sharia law in Canberra, no doubt.
By the way, the Muslims do a great job of vilifying themselves, we don’t really need to do it for them. What about that Muslim guy in Sydney last week who said ‘Julia Gillard should just step aside and let the Muslims take over’ and told us that the Islamic punishment for thieves of chopping off hands was ‘glad tidings’. But no, Jon with his superior morals knows better than us, and if anyone says anything the all-knowing Jon disagrees with, their views are ‘abhorrent’.

Just so you know, your views are abhorrent, as well as ignorant, racist and unwelcome.

Regards of how stupid/ignorant the original post was, I feel the need to point out that Islam is not a race. The post was not racist.

#23
Holditz5:20 pm, 25 Jan 11

Hopefully the Yarralumla mosque won’t close, otherwise it’ll suck to be Muslim and living in Tuggeranong.

#24
Skidbladnir7:06 pm, 25 Jan 11

Holditz said :

Hopefully the Yarralumla mosque won’t close, otherwise it’ll suck to be Muslim and living in Tuggeranong.

Whats wrong with the one in Monash?

#25
bigfeet7:28 pm, 25 Jan 11

Mysteryman said :

amarooresident3 said :

Just so you know, your views are abhorrent, as well as ignorant, racist and unwelcome.

Regards of how stupid/ignorant the original post was, I feel the need to point out that Islam is not a race. The post was not racist.

Damn, you were too quick. I was going to type “Let’s see how quickly a racist can jump on here with the usual racist catcry of IINAR” and then wait until a racist jumped on to point out that Islam is not a race.

But you were too quick.

How about we use “stupid ignorant redneck bigot” instead?

#26
Captain RAAF10:04 pm, 25 Jan 11

‘Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.’

Though many, if not all religions, have had periods of great violence perpetrated by their hands, the Muslims appear to be the only ones, of any great note, that seem reluctant to evolve and adapt to the new world.
They will either succeed by stealth and persistance or they will be destroyed. While the numbers are not in their favour they will play the waiting game, a mosque here, a mosque there, blow up the odd church here, behead a priest there, never anything on such a grand scale that may unite other religions to take up arms against them but always enough to maintain the mistrust, suspicion and fear by the western world, that is essential to fuel it’s followers into justifying the ‘necessary’ acts of wholesale slaughter in order to ensure their religions survival and the downfall of the infidel!

They have not changed their thinking since the dawn of recorded history, what makes anyone think we can possibly expect anything other than the same old, same old from them? It’s only a mosque, right?………………….

#27
Holditz11:24 pm, 25 Jan 11

Skidbladnir said :

Whats wrong with the one in Monash?

I didn’t know there was one in Monash!

#28
Deckard11:48 pm, 25 Jan 11

Captain RAAF said :

‘Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.’

Though many, if not all religions, have had periods of great violence perpetrated by their hands, the Muslims appear to be the only ones, of any great note, that seem reluctant to evolve and adapt to the new world.
They will either succeed by stealth and persistance or they will be destroyed. While the numbers are not in their favour they will play the waiting game, a mosque here, a mosque there, blow up the odd church here, behead a priest there, never anything on such a grand scale that may unite other religions to take up arms against them but always enough to maintain the mistrust, suspicion and fear by the western world, that is essential to fuel it’s followers into justifying the ‘necessary’ acts of wholesale slaughter in order to ensure their religions survival and the downfall of the infidel!

They have not changed their thinking since the dawn of recorded history, what makes anyone think we can possibly expect anything other than the same old, same old from them? It’s only a mosque, right?………………….

I seen stories when the RAAF used to bomb the crap out of nazis like you.

#29
Mysteryman9:57 am, 27 Jan 11

bigfeet said :

Mysteryman said :

amarooresident3 said :

Just so you know, your views are abhorrent, as well as ignorant, racist and unwelcome.

Regards of how stupid/ignorant the original post was, I feel the need to point out that Islam is not a race. The post was not racist.

Damn, you were too quick. I was going to type “Let’s see how quickly a racist can jump on here with the usual racist catcry of IINAR” and then wait until a racist jumped on to point out that Islam is not a race.

But you were too quick.

How about we use “stupid ignorant redneck bigot” instead?

Do you honestly struggle to understand the difference between a faith and a race? I know people like you enjoy painting everyone with a big, thick “racist” brush when they don’t agree with you, but the fact of the matter is that there is a difference. You’d do well to at least try and understand that.

#30
whitelaughter6:40 pm, 18 Apr 11

Eby said :

If you have an issue with it, move somewhere else. For someone that respects everyone’s religions, you’re pretty… disrespectful.

?
Right, so after specifically stating that (s)he doesn’t have a problem with the mosque per se, it’s disrespectful to object to (a) not being consulted (when the claim of consultation has been made), and (b) object to the noise pollution they’ve previously experienced in Indonesia!
‘respect’ should not mean ignoring genuine problems in the name of political correctness.

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