Islamophobia

Currumbin mosque proposal voted down by Gold Coast councillors

To cheers of ‘go the rednecks’, the full meeting of the city council voted to scrap the proposal by 10 to 5.

Currumbin mosque protesters celebrate the decision to reject the proposal. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP Image

Currumbin mosque protesters celebrate the decision to reject the proposal. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP Image

by Helen Davidson, theguardian.com

Gold Coast councillors have voted to reject the building of a mosque at Currumbin to cheers of “go the rednecks” after lengthy debate on Tuesday.

The full meeting of Gold Coast city council attracted large crowds and required an increased security presence after recent threats to councillors.

One councillor, Chris Robbins, last week accused Facebook of protecting people who were threatening her with gang-rape and death after she announced the development application.

Councillors William Owen-Jones and Cameron Caldwell also received death threats after they supported the approval of the application to convert a warehouse into a mosque at a planning committee meeting last Wednesday.

Robbins called for her colleagues to scrap the proposal, which they voted to do by 10 to 5.

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