Bendigo mosque: Emotion fuels debate

The Bendigo Advertiser's complete coverage on the Bendigo mosque issue.

JULY 11

VCAT date set for Bendigo mosque debate

A practice day hearing date has been set for the Bendigo mosque Victorian planning tribunal case. More here

JULY 10

Call for residents to fund mosque fight

A lobby group is calling on residents to help fund the legal fight to stop the region’s first mosque being built. 

JUNE 28 

Bendigo mosque a cause celebre for right-wing outsiders

THE sinister black balloons started appearing in Bendigo in May. Read the full report of the anti-mosque campaign here

Mosque lands support from university

La Trobe University has come out in support of the establishment of a mosque in Bendigo.

JUNE 25

Letters to the Editor: Views shared on Bendigo mosque

Readers share their opinions on the proposed Bendigo mosque. Read full story here.

Locals defend city's reputation

Residents, leaders and organisations are continuing to fight for Bendigo's name, with many locals stepping up to promote the message of diversity. Read full story here.

JUNE 24

Rainbow balloons torn down at shop

Members of the local Muslim community, a Bendigo business and a city councillor are among those to have received supposed threats from anti-Islamic protesters in recent days. Read the report here.

JUNE 23

Fear rising from outside Bendigo

Anti-Islam fears among some Bendigo residents are the result of a calculated, unrelenting and national movement designed to increase hatred and bigotry in the town, says The Great Stupa's Ian Green. Read full story here.

Mosque more than a building, says Monsignor

For those with a faith, a place of worship is a sign of something beyond them. It is a place where communities are created. This is the message from  Bendigo's Sacred Heart Cathedral Monsignor Frank Marriott, who said a place of worship gave people a focus - something that should be afforded to Muslims as well as any other religion. Read full story here.

JUNE 22

Mosque to "co-exist harmoniously" like temple

CHINESE Association treasurer Anita Jack has said the mosque approved by council last week should be treated no differently to other places of worship. Read full story here.

JUNE 21

Rainbow balloons fly in support of diversity

 Colour is finding its way through Bendigo streets as residents take a stand against recent anti-Islamic protests. Read full story here.

EDITORIAL: Positivity on mosque so welcome

"How refreshing to see the positivity around the proposed mosque in Bendigo emerge on Friday." Read Bendigo Advertiser editor Rod Case's editorial here.

JUNE 20

Bendigo mosque: Leaders call for tolerance

Bendigo leaders say they will not tolerate bigotry, especially from fellow community representatives, as councillor Elise Chapman remained steadfast in her comments about not "being a fan" of Islam. Read full story here.

This is Bendigo: Balloons to make a stand

Bendigo residents are drowning out the voices of intolerance by vowing to stand up in the face of anti-Islamic protests. Read full story here.

'We just want a place to go that's ours'

All the Muslim community are asking for is a place to call their own, says community member Heri Febriyanto. Read full story here.

Resident concern drowned out

A man with traffic and safety concerns regarding the region's first mosque says he has been labelled a racist because of his opposition. Read full story here.

Police vow to uphold law

VICTORIA Police assistant commissioner Jack Blayney writes about the events which took place in Bendigo during the week and offers a warning. Read full story here.

JUNE 19

"Symbol of hatred" leaves councillor shaken

A Bendigo councillor has woken to a "strong symbol of hatred" from anti-Muslim protesters following his support for the region's first mosque. Read full story here.

Not a fan of Islam: Elise Chapman

City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman says she does not have a problem  with Muslims praying in Bendigo, but could not list a location she deems appropriate for a mosque. Read full story here.

Legal challenge looms as protesters vow to fight on

Plans to build a $3 million mosque in Bendigo are expected to face a legal challenge, with the Stop the Bendigo Mosque group vowing to "plot its next moves" in the fight against the proposal. Read full story here.

JUNE 18

VIDEO/PICTURES: Mosque approved amid fear and anger

A lone man stood up in the City of Greater Bendigo council meeting tonight and yelled "I support the mosque" amid fury from a vocal group of residents who claim the place of worship will incite terrorism upon Bendigo. Read full story here.

THE COUNCIL MEETING: City of Greater Bendigo councillors debate mosque plan

How the council meeting unfolded where City of Greater Bendigo councillors voted to approve a plan for a mosque in Bendigo. Read the rolling updates from the night here.

JUNE 16

Religious debate heats up as mosque decision nears

Possibly the most controversial building proposal in recent times - a $3 million mosque to be built in East Bendigo - will come before council this week. Read full story here.

MAY 29

Mosque objections to be considered at June council meeting

The City of Greater Bendigo will consider a planning application next month for a proposed mosque development in East Bendigo. Read full story here.

MAY 22

Anti-mosque group seeking controversial lawyer

The Stop the Mosque in Bendigo group is fundraising for Gavin Boby, a British lawyer and self-proclaimed "mosque-buster", to visit Bendigo. Read full story here.

MAY 13

Mosque protest heats up at ward

More than a dozen people attended the City of Greater Bendigo Whipstick ward meeting this week in protest against a proposed mosque in Bendigo. Read full story here.

APRIL 7

Bank orders anti-mosque account to be closed

The Bendigo Bank has defended its decision to close a fundraising account designed to finance objections to a multi-million dollar mosque project. Read full story here.

MARCH 20

Mosque plan opponents come forward

ABOUT 40 objections have been lodged against a mosque planned for Bendigo, with one submission supporting the development. Read full story here.

JANUARY 21

Residents relaxed about proposed mosque

Residents in East Bendigo seem unperturbed by a proposal for Bendigo’s first mosque. The Bendigo Advertiser went door knocking in Rohs Road on Saturday and could find no one bothered by the idea of a mosque being built on Rohs Road. Read full story here.

JANUARY 17

All welcome at new mosque

The community response to plans for a Bendigo mosque has been overwhelmingly positive, Muslim community spokesman Heri Febriyanto says. Read full story here.

JANUARY 14

Group rallies against mosque proposal

A new Facebook page aims to stop the construction of a mosque in Bendigo. The Stop the Mosque in Bendigo page has attracted more than 1700 likes since being created on Saturday. Read full story here.

No religious issues in mosque: councillors

City of Greater Bendigo councillors are not opposed to plans for a new mosque on religious or cultural grounds. But there are planning concerns around the height of the $3 million building, and council staff are seeking more information from GKA Architects and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Read full story here.

JANUARY 10

GALLERY: Bendigo's first mosque in pipeline

A proposed $3 million Islamic centre in Bendigo is set to accommodate a changing community. The planning application, submitted by Tomkinson Group, says the centre would "help provide the Muslim community with an identity". Read full story here.

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