Posted on 16 January 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Residents of Mandogalup in Perth’s deep south have slammed a mosque planned for their rural residential neighbourhood.
Mandogalup Road residents Robert Donald and Anita Stacey say they are “concerned about safety and security due to the influx of non-familiar people to the rural area”.
City of Kwinana documents reveal that Mr Donald and Ms Stacey have also expressed concern about purported “violence and sexual deviancy of Muslims”.
They say they are concerned the city cannot guarantee that the planned mosque (pictured) will be peaceful.
They lament that no information has been provided on where the congregation will sit on the “spectrum of Moderate to Extremism”.
Mr Donald and Ms Stacey say Mandogalup residents have not been given enough information to assess the “potential danger” associated with the mosque which is being planned for a 1.5-hectare site at 23 Mandogalup Road.
They claim a sudden influx of “numerous men, very likely to be residing at the proposed development”, which is within 50-metres of their house, is “a real problem and potential safety risk”.
Kwinana council planners have hosed down such a suggestion, advising their political masters that “it is not anticipated that this development would pose a security threat”.
“There is no reason to suggest that the development would bring any negative social impacts, but ultimately these are not matters which this planning assessment should consider,” the planners advise.
Mr Donald and Ms Stacey say they are concerned that no advice has been provided by the council on where the congregation originates from and why they have chosen Mandogalup, “given there are very few Muslims in the vicinity”.
They say they “will not tolerate any religious chanting, music, broadcasts, etc”.
In response, the council’s planners have advised that the congregation does not intend to broadcast a call to prayer.
Clement Road residents Graham and Sandra Owen claim there is “no mention of the [congregation’s] denomination in the application”.
The Owens have told the council they are “concerned about the city considering outsiders or a group of whatever’s [sic] that are not prepared to state their religion”.
The city’s planners have responded that while a council letter to residents did not mention religious denomination, documents submitted to the council did indicate the religion was Islam.
“It should be noted that the religious denomination of an applicant is not a relevant planning matter under the town planning scheme,” the planners advise.
Nevertheless, the planners have recommended the mosque be refused – not on religious grounds as urged by the above objectors, but largely because the block of land is in a planned industrial buffer zone.
Mr Donald, Ms Stacey and the Owens are among nine locals to have objected. The location of the objectors’ properties is pictured, left, in relation to the site of the planned mosque.
Not one neighbour supported the mosque.
Kwinana city councillors are scheduled to debate the planners’ recommended refusal on January 20.
Picture of the mosque: Harley Dykstra Planning & Survey Solutions