There were some 350 objections to the development and more than 40 submissions of support.
One example of the type of Islam-a-phobia that grips the region along with a deep ignorance towards the unknown.
“Bendigo people own Bendigo, it’s their town, they have the right to say mosque or no mosque,”
“We’re not racists.” were common threads heard at the meeting.
The International students which come to Bendigo to study at the near by La Trobe Uni make up a large part of the Muslim Population in Bendigo.
A Mosque in Bendigo would be a great asset..and lets face it, Bendigo needs all it can get.
UPDATE 28 June 2014
Restore Australia has paid for a Sydney lawyer often used in anti-mosque hearings, Robert Balzola, to appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on planning grounds.
Update 20 October 2014
Recent article from September from The Castlemanian should be noted.
Was this more about the safety of the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation, which is also in Bendigo?
A cleverly disguised attempt by Oz spooks to keep Bendigo free from some unseen danger associated with Islam?
Further to this