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Cabinet OKs sale of Monash land to the Canberra Islamic Centre

By johnboy - 19 September 2011 39

The Cabinet outcomes have been released from the 6 September meeting.

The biggie is this one:

Cabinet agreed to grant a lease by direct sale to the Canberra Islamic Centre Incorporated (CIC) over Block 4 Section 52 Monash. The land will be used as a place of worship, for religious associated use, as an ancillary cultural facility and as a community activity centre.

Nice to see that a suburb named after one of Australia’s most notable jews is not a problem.

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Cabinet OKs sale of Monash land to the Canberra Islamic Centre
matt31221 5:14 pm 19 Sep 11

I am all for religous freedom but not when that freedom might allow their religion to prosper enough to LIMIT our freedoms. That building doesn’t look like a cultural centre – It looks like a medieval military fortification. It has four towers surrounding it. Someone should pull it down – ACTPLA didn’t have the guts to when the Muslim council violated their building agreement by building it the way it is.

Maybe I have been watching too much American television to what the Muslim faith actually is but at my current understanding of it, I find their hatred of women and supression of free thought extremely threatening.

Cantoangel 4:47 pm 19 Sep 11

Deref said :

Primal said :

Meh?

+1

+1

I demand that each time a piece of land is leased to the Church we also get consulted – I will be angry if I get woken up by Hillsong on Sunday mornings rawr

Skidbladnir 4:41 pm 19 Sep 11

According to the Canberra Isamic Centre and Australian National Islamic Library’s website, the arrangement was as follows:
Status Update of CIC’s Land Rental and Purchasing Options

(updated 19 June 2011)
Following a special meeting with the Chief Minister’s Chief of Staff on Thursday 16 June, the following offer agreement in principle has been conveyed by the ACT Treasury:
•Interest and Penalties on Outstanding Rent have been waived off (Approx $52,000)
•Outstanding Rent (Approx $74,000) payable immediately
•Land Non Rental Concessional Lease (Approx $ 82,000) payable in 15 years on interest free terms (Approx $5,500 per year)
•Building Approvals for Phase 2 and construction can proceed after payment of Outstanding Rent.

But by all means, play to the jewish hatred\local noise\parking and traffic congestion angles if you want to, but just be prepared to explain yourself very carefully.

This is the site where the organisation has already constructed and variously expanded their premises for years (like, fifteen?) without incident or complaint.

Ben_Dover 4:09 pm 19 Sep 11

dungfungus said :

Soon Monash residents will be awakened by the sound of prayer blasting on the Tannoy all over the Tuggeranong Valley.

Soon Monash residents will be awakened by the sound of prayer blasting on the Tannoy all over the Tuggeranong Valley at 2.00 pm.

damien haas 3:58 pm 19 Sep 11

The Gungahlin plan has been ‘off’ for some months. the only issue was parking/access in the area proposed. Look at the Nicholls shops parking/access debacle and times it by about ten.

Stevian 3:34 pm 19 Sep 11

Angelina said :

madamcholet said :

Can’t help but think of what happens in other states when these announcements are made so will be interesting to see what happens with this – can Canberrans be a bit more measured in their response?

Where’s the fun in that?! It’s time to freak out! Get one of those pushy reporters from Today Tonight to start barge-arseing through doors, chasing people with microphones and let the shennanigans begin!

I’m very disappointed. I fully expected a few old hands (you know wno you are) to weigh in threatening insurection, blood in the streets, and other dire consequences to stem from this.

dungfungus 3:28 pm 19 Sep 11

“The land will be used as a place of worship”

Why don’t they drop the spin and call it a mosque – and it is happening by stealth without the usual public consultation.
Soon Monash residents will be awakened by the sound of prayer blasting on the Tannoy all over the Tuggeranong Valley.

Deref 2:36 pm 19 Sep 11

Primal said :

Meh?

+1

luther_bendross 2:30 pm 19 Sep 11

The Frots said :

Hmmm.

Hmmm what?

Primal 2:08 pm 19 Sep 11

Meh?

shadow boxer 1:50 pm 19 Sep 11

Does this mean the Gungahlin one is off ?

Angelina 1:18 pm 19 Sep 11

madamcholet said :

Can’t help but think of what happens in other states when these announcements are made so will be interesting to see what happens with this – can Canberrans be a bit more measured in their response?

Where’s the fun in that?! It’s time to freak out! Get one of those pushy reporters from Today Tonight to start barge-arseing through doors, chasing people with microphones and let the shennanigans begin!

madamcholet 1:09 pm 19 Sep 11

Can’t help but think of what happens in other states when these announcements are made so will be interesting to see what happens with this – can Canberrans be a bit more measured in their response? Hope so, Would have to conclude that there would have already been community consultation???

Good to see that the ACT Gov is trying to be transparent, however the information on that release was fairly slim and would leave more questions than answers.

djk 12:59 pm 19 Sep 11

There has been a mosque/Islamic-looking building there for about 15 years, were they just squatting before?

The Frots 12:37 pm 19 Sep 11

Hmmm.

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