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Council approves Muslim school in Sydney

Residents on both sides of the issue packed a Liverpool City Council meeting on Monday evening (AEST) to learn the fate of the Hoxton Park proposal.

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At a previous council meeting in June, the development was approved but three councillors followed the decision with a rescission motion.

Failed Camden bid

The move halted the approval until it was re-approved by a majority vote at Monday’s meeting.

The approval follows a similar development proposal that was shot down by Camden Council in May 2008 because it failed to meet zoning guidelines.

The council received several thousand written objections to the school during the planning approval process and, in November 2007, about 1,000 Camden residents protested against it, saying an Islamic school would damage the area’s social fabric.

That same month, two pigs’ heads were rammed on metal stakes at the proposed site, with an Australian flag draped between them.

The proposal was appealed in June this year in the Land and Environment Court, which upheld the council’s decision.

Traffic ‘major concern’

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said some residents hold similar views exhibited in Camden but most opponents were concerned about the increase in the number of vehicles coming to the area.

“To be frank, there was a minority of objections in that regard,” Ms Waller told AAP.

“The majority of the issues raised by residents was about traffic.”

The Liverpool local government area is nine per cent Muslim, Ms Waller said, and a new school will help address its population explosion.

“We’re the fasting growing city in the southern hemisphere and education is a very important part of the fabric of our local community,” she said.

Residents on both sides of the issue packed a Liverpool City Council meeting on Monday evening (AEST) to learn the fate of the Hoxton Park proposal.

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At a previous council meeting in June, the development was approved but three councillors followed the decision with a rescission motion.

Failed Camden bid

The move halted the approval until it was re-approved by a majority vote at Monday’s meeting.

The approval follows a similar development proposal that was shot down by Camden Council in May 2008 because it failed to meet zoning guidelines.

The council received several thousand written objections to the school during the planning approval process and, in November 2007, about 1,000 Camden residents protested against it, saying an Islamic school would damage the area’s social fabric.

That same month, two pigs’ heads were rammed on metal stakes at the proposed site, with an Australian flag draped between them.

The proposal was appealed in June this year in the Land and Environment Court, which upheld the council’s decision.

Traffic ‘major concern’

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said some residents hold similar views exhibited in Camden but most opponents were concerned about the increase in the number of vehicles coming to the area.

“To be frank, there was a minority of objections in that regard,” Ms Waller told AAP.

“The majority of the issues raised by residents was about traffic.”

The Liverpool local government area is nine per cent Muslim, Ms Waller said, and a new school will help address its population explosion.

“We’re the fasting growing city in the southern hemisphere and education is a very important part of the fabric of our local community,” she said.