Our Say: Toowoomba mosque plans send a message

EDITORIAL: It is heartening to see plans for a new mosque in the city.

If nothing else it will show that we will not let arsonists and racists affect they way people live in our city.

The resilience of the city's Muslims is to be admired.

It would have been easy to leave the burned wreck of the mosque as it was.

Instead they have put up a design and a plan for a bigger mosque.

The old mosque did not have the facilities of a modern mosque.

However the new building will address that problem.

The new mosque will cost about $700,000 to build, with the less than half of that to come from insurance.

The rest of the finance will come from fundraising.

It is hoped the new building will accommodate new settlers and converts in the region.

Previously the mosque could house about 200 of the faithful but it is hoped the new mosque will house up to 300.

The Muslims are determined to keep the mosque building in harmony with the overall look of the neighbourhood.



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