Last chance to comment on mosque plan

A PROPOSAL to expand an existing mosque in Forest Road, Penshurst, that was lodged with Hurstville Council will be on public exhibition until tomorrow.

The development application includes the additions of a ground and first floor, a domed roof and a 30-metre high minaret.

The application was submitted by Trustees Islamic Society Hurstville on September 30.

However, a number of residents raised concerns about the proposed development and lack of consultation.

Although some were sent letters of notification, residents of Salisbury Road were not contacted by the council.

A resident, who has lived on the street for about 10 years, is particularly concerned about parking.

"The proposal is a drastic change," the resident said.

"The traffic and parking affects us, especially during their prayer time, so I don't know why the council didn't notify us."

Samir Decevic, a representative from the society, said the proposal underlined much-needed repairs to the mosque.

"We've been at the site for 35 years and it's very outdated," he said.

"It's costing too much for us to repair and maintain our mosque each year, which is pretty much falling apart.

"We just want to stay true and respectful to our customs by repositioning amenities in different areas."

The application was on public exhibition for 14 days. Submissions close tomorrow.