Prayer has stopped at Hervey Bay Muslim building

AN OWNER using his shop on Torquay Rd for weekly Muslim prayer has escaped fines and pledged to stop praying at the building.

Since November Fraser Coast Regional Council officers have been working to determine if the commercial building on Torquay Rd was being used as a "place of worship".

Fraser Coast Regional Council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond said no application had been received by the council to change the zoning of the building from a shop.

"In response to council requests, the owners have stopped using the building as a place of worship," she said.

Ms Desmond said the use of the building did not comply with the council's planning scheme but council did not issue any fines.

"Council identified a number of non-compliance issues and a show-cause notice was issued and the owner ceased the use," she said.

The property is listed as a Hervey Bay Mosque online, with worship hours from 1pm to 2pm Fridays.

In November building owner Hamd Rehman confirmed people did meet at the building for prayer services.

Dr Rehman said 10 to 15 people met to pray each Friday.

Yesterday he did not respond to requests for comment.



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