Muslim School Approved for Sydney

June 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WA Today

A Muslim school for 800 students has been approved for Sydney's southwest despite strong opposition from local residents.

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.

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

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.