Muslims meet with community over plans to rebuild mosque
DOZENS of neighbours to the Garden City Mosque have met with Muslim leaders over their plans to rebuild the destroyed facility.
The Toowoomba Islamic Society plans to spend $700,000 to rebuild the mosque, a former church, which was gutted by an arson attack last year.
It was the second attack in months and given that history, the founding president of the society, Professor Shahjahan Khan, wanted to ensure the community was on board with the plans, which include an upgrade of facilities.
Professor Khan said 200 households around the Harristown mosque were invited for afternoon tea on Sunday.
"This is a part of our ongoing engagement with the neighbours to have open discussions of any issues or suggestions to improve existing good understanding and relationship," he said.
"We presented the details of the proposed expansion - to remove the existing demountable and include washing facilities, and to rebuild the burned mosque - to the neighbours and everyone was happy with our approach."
Mr Khan said many of the guests had attended similar events at the mosque before and were pleased with the way the mosque was being run and that it was taking their concerns on board.
Among the participants were police officers, community leaders, church representatives, and closest neighbours of the mosque.
It is hoped the new mosque will accommodate up to 300 Muslims.
A development application is before Toowoomba Regional Council.