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Planning controls would require all religious bodies to adhere to strict planning guidelines in residential areas.

As an atheist I have the good fortune not to spend any of my days supplicating myself to the deity, well maybe you could argue that there is a spiritual aspect to my Yoga classes but I reckon that it would have to be a line ball call on that because its the health of my body I do yoga for rather than for the well being of my soul. None the less there are a lot of people out there who spend a big slice of their lives participating in the rituals of their God bothering brand of choice. and for some of them they want a place for the like minded to gather and pray. Now this has largely been well received by the public and local government But there are times when the construction of a place of worship worries the people who live adjacent to the proposed building.

Planning hurdles ... Ahmad Kamaledine at the mosque site. Pic: Tomasz Machnik Source: The Sunday Telegraph

The controversial regulations have been proposed by Canterbury Council – which includes the Islamic community strongholds of Belmore, Campsie, Canterbury and Lakemba.

The move is being backed by the Labor mayor Robert Furolo, who is also the state MP for the seat of Lakemba, and residents opposed to a mosque on the site of an ex-Roselands church.

The new planning controls would require all religious bodies to adhere to strict planning guidelines in residential areas.

Planning laws in most NSW local government areas do not require religious organisations to make a new application to council if they buy a site zoned as a place of worship for use by another faith.

But Canterbury’s planning order would require a new approval for each purchase and restrict service times. Muslims pray five times a day.

Sunday Telegraph

I have never “got” the reason that various faiths demand that their adherents perform prayers or rituals but in a diverse world its live and let live in my book. However if religious observance is going to impact upon the lives of those who happen to live near the proposed church or mosque  then those residents  have a right to object to the development just as much as they have the right to object to any other development in their locality.  So I am endorsing the requirement that the construction of any new place of worship  has to go through the same sort of planning process as any other development.

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  2. gigdiary says:

    I lived in that neck of the woods before it become seemingly taken over by Muslims. (early 80s) So I sympathise with older residents who were quoted in this article. As one says, there are already three mosques in the area. How many do they need? Given that the Muslim penetration in these suburbs is almost total, you can see their argument.

    Churches in Australian society are almost invisible today. Some people go to them once a week. Others once in a lifetime to get married. If you live next door to a church, your real estate value will go up. Not much stuff happens around churches. Pubs on the other hand, bit iffy, maybe a lot iffy. I live across the road from a western suburbs pub. Even with its 3am license, it’s pretty well under control. But you generally wouldn’t choose to live within twenty blocks of a pub.

    So back to the proposed mosque. Of course they’re not a pub. They don’t drink alcohol. But they have applied for a permit to open from 4am till 11pm. And there lies the crux of the matter. They are saying they are merely taking over an existing religious approved block of land, but in reality, their religion is vastly different in its day to day habits than the previous Christian establishment. Their minions pray five times a day. It’s a pity their leaders and firebrands don’t, but that’s another argument.

    So I say, fair enough to Canterbury council pushing this line of reasoning. A mosque is a vastly different establishment to a church. Do the long-time residents of these four suburbs have no say in the matter. Is the only solution for them to be, as I’ve heard before, ‘if you don’t like it, move!’

    I don’t think so, and I’d like to to think that long-time Aussie residents have at least as much say as this current mob of Muslim blow-ins who prefer our country over their country of origin.

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