Melbourne mosque: Councillor seeks poll

A Casey councillor is calling for a poll of residents to determine their attitude to a mosque planned for an industrial area of Doveton.

Cr Rosalie Crestani was the only councillor to oppose the mosque when the application came before the planning committee last week.

There were 33 objections to the mosque and and 14 petitions containing more than 2000 signatures.

Cr Crestani has moved a notice of motion for tonight’s planning meeting for the council to poll residents living near the planned mosque to determine the extent of support or opposition.

‘‘We’ve been told time and time again that when it comes to planning matters it doesn’t matter what the residents think. But it’s the residents who have to live with this.’’

She says eventually she would like a Casey-wide poll on mosques in general.

Casey Weekly, 19 March 2013