Community celebrates opening of new Islamic mosque in Canberra

 

Canberra's Islamic community finally has a new place of worship, 17 years after plans were first made.

The building of the long-awaited Gungahlin Mosque was plagued by years of delays after a group fought its development approval through the courts.

The mosque officially opened on Sunday and will service North Canberra's growing Muslim population, which is estimated to be 5000 to 6000 strong.

The community had been using a demountable shed on The Valley Avenue site as a temporary mosque.

Canberra Muslim Community president MainulHaque said the $2 million mosque came after years of hard work.

 

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