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It’s a mosque planned for Nicholls

By johnboy - 19 July 2009 77

The Canberra Times brings word that the Canberra Muslim Community’s plan for Nicholls is to build another mosque (basically similar to a church for those coming in late, but for Muslims).

Apparently the Yarralumla mosque is so packed that congregationists are being forced outside (something that happens at many churches on high and holy days) and the parking is becoming a nightmare.

So, their community having grown, they need another one. (Putting it in Nicholls will particularly aid with integration as is will allow the muslim community to also engage in North/South rivalry)

The CT also has an editorial calling for calm heads and open hearts, which would be nice to see.

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mjconley 2:32 pm 10 Aug 15

Monash mosque is Shia denomination, whereas Yarralumla is of the Sunni denomination

housebound 1:44 pm 15 Dec 09

My guess is that it depends where you go. Some countries would be safer and tolerant of dissenting views than others – but that’s the story more generally anyway.

Hells_Bells74 11:01 am 15 Dec 09

Just curious here.. If I weren’t a col’lapsed’ Catholic and was to visit overseas in Muslim majority countries, are there Catholic churches waiting for me to attend in keeping with tradition. I only ask because I am ignorant on this.

I’m certainly not suggesting they shouldn’t have mosques here though.

cleo 12:21 am 15 Dec 09

Myself and family lived in Malaysia, the kids just loved it when they said the prayers over the loud speaker, the kids used to call out WHITE BUM, as that’s what it sounded like, so the kids will have a good laugh when the Mosque is up and running.

jasmine 10:42 pm 14 Dec 09

“Not enough car spaces” ho ho ho. That has never stopped this government before?

I-filed 6:56 pm 14 Dec 09

Sorry, didn’t see that this is an OLD post. Wouldn’t have bothered if I had noticed!

I-filed 6:54 pm 14 Dec 09

cargirl said :

You obviously don’t live near us in Nicholls… I do not want a Mosque across the road from where I live. They didn’t mention that was in the pipeline when we bought here. Bigred is right, our real estate values are just about to drop significantly and it’s too late to sell to someother unsuspecting sucker. Any Mosque goers want to buy a house… great location!!

Bigred, my dear, was taking the pi** out of, well, as it turns out, you!

Granny 5:27 pm 14 Dec 09

farout said :

If its earmarked for a community purpose, may I suggest a local pub, farmers markets, library, swimming pool, food court, or bus interchange?

Why?

sloppery 10:03 am 14 Dec 09

I still don’t see what the fuss is about. If you don’t like it don’t attend…

farout 9:09 pm 13 Dec 09

If its earmarked for a community purpose, may I suggest a local pub, farmers markets, library, swimming pool, food court, or bus interchange?

Logic 11:49 pm 22 Jul 09

I agree with Fisho. Logic is, if the mosque in Yarralumla is too small then extend it! There is ample land there already, plus it desperately needs a facelift.

If you had restaurant or business that was overcrowded, would you open a second venue miles away? Or simply expand to cater for the crowd?

We already know that ACTPLA can’t plan anything for the future, as demonstrated by the poor car parking design and quantity or car spaces at the Nicholls shops.

There is NO WAY little Kellaway Avenue could cater for approx. 800 people for Friday Prayers. (within 5- 10 years)

Whitman 6:52 pm 21 Jul 09

I went to the information session at the Palmo last night as well – saw a loud mouthed red neck there and guessed that was Brian.

I don’t live far from the proposed development and I am more than happy to have the mosque and community centre there – looks like it might bring a better class of people to the area. Not before time based on some of these comments.

For all the ignorant out there it would seem to me that these people are being put through the hoops. More often community land is just allocated – it seems to me they are getting the rough end of the stick both from the government and some of the public.

Where can I donate to the building fund??

welkin31 11:35 am 21 Jul 09

It is obvious that users of the building will come from a wide area of the northern ACT. It is simply Planning 101 that this mosque should be near some town centre/transport hub such as Belconnen or Gungahlin.
I am amazed that in 2009 planners apparently take seriously the view expressed by Alan Kerlin in the Sunday Canberra Times re “..looking like a Middle Eastern transplant.”
Surely we are mature enough to want a mosque to look like a mosque – we should expect a modern landmark building which could enhance our often bland town centres.
I am surprised the CMC gave in on this point, they should reconsider and plan for a mosque that is recognized for what it is and not build something disguised.
This whole matter makes me wonder what else is planned between the CMC and Govt. Is an Islamic school being discussed ?
I am not impressed with the pictures of worshippers outside which strike me as propaganda to support the case for a new building. Facts are that the CMC has had years to plan for increased mosque attendees and has, apparently by those photos, failed to plan adequately.
To wrap up – this looks to me like Labor imposing a possibly controversial proposal on an area that tends to vote for the opposition. Nicholls people should get together and oppose this poor quality proposal.

Skidbladnir 9:35 am 21 Jul 09

Jim Jones said :

I’m still trying to figure out some sort of food that doesn’t go with beer.

Well you know, anything served onsite at the mosque open day clearly won’t be allowed to go with alcohol, if they have such a thing…
(Can you eat at a mosque?)

But for anyone complaining about their property values and not knowing a community facility could be put up, part of your property’s value is associated with the phrase “close to shops, schools, transport, community facilities’, nothing to do with the concrete render, gigantic faux-Greek columns , or the surrounding houses full of Stepford wives.

That you didn’t do your own due diligence when either buying off the plan or just assumed that the house itself was all you were buying is entirely your problem.
The community facility zoning was there long before you were.

And as to complaining specifically about a mosque, its not like it can attract anyone more ‘undesirable’ than yourself or your hellish crotchspawn.

Deadmandrinking 9:20 am 21 Jul 09

PsydFX said :

bigred said :

Bla bla bla, I’m a massive f(_)ckwit

Congratulations Bigred – Loser comment of the year.

+1

YapYapYap 1:46 am 21 Jul 09

You obviously don’t live near us in Nicholls… I do not want a Mosque across the road from where I live. They didn’t mention that was in the pipeline when we bought here. Bigred is right, our real estate values are just about to drop significantly and it’s too late to sell to someother unsuspecting sucker. Any Mosque goers want to buy a house… great location!!

You should’ve done your due diligence,; the land was always going to end-up being used for community purposes. Bet you’d jump at a mosque if it was an alcohol and drug rehab/drop-in centre being proposed for the site.

In my suburb we have a Russian Orthodox church, a Mecedonian Orthodox churuch, a Uniting Church, a Catholic Church, a Buddhist temple, two primary schools, two private high schools, a senior college, two old-style public housing estates, drug and alcohol facilities, an old persons’ home, 25,000 plus traffic movements a day, and we’re all good friends.

Move on.

Die Lefty Scum 11:22 pm 20 Jul 09

I think I have a solution which will satisfy both parties: the proposed mosque in Nicholls only admits elite muslims.

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