28 January, 2022
Islamic centre set to grow
AN Islamic education centre will undergo an expansion after Mareeba Shire Council approved an application to construct a second storey on the existing building on the corner of Walsh and Lloyd Streets.
The project involves building a second storey on the Islamic Education Centre hall at the rear of the site which has housed the Mareeba Mosque since it was constructed in 1970.
The expansion will accommodate a maximum of 35 students and operate like a conventional school Monday to Friday with a focus on the Islamic faith, similar to Catholic Schools.
A council report stated it was understood the school would be required to be registered with the Department of Education.
The only issues identified during the assessment of the application was in relation to car parking, however given that only 35 students would be enrolled, and they would be transported to and from the centre via a mini-bus, officers did not believe the development would have any impact on the availability of on-street parking or cause traffic congestion on Walsh and Lloyd Streets.
“Historically, there has been no record or parking shortfalls in the vicinity of the site, with most on-street parking along both frontages of the site predominantly being utilised by Islamic worshippers,” the report stated.