Oldest mosque in Australia to get a facelift

June 17th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, June 17 (IANS) Australia’s oldest mosque, located in the ‘city of churches’ Adelaide, will get a facelift with a government grant of A$65,000 (US$61,192). This is the first time a council will be funding the refurbishment of a mosque.

The Adelaide City Council will fund the repairs to one of the minarets, which was added in 1903 to the late nineteenth century Gilbert Street mosque in the city.

Lord Mayor Michael Harbison told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “This money allocated will restore the fourth minaret of the mosque to its former glory and give us what really is a beautiful building, very important to the Islamic community in Adelaide, but [also] a great tourist attraction.”

“[It's not only] Adelaide’s mosque but the oldest mosque in Australia,” he said.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia’s religious profile is predominantly Christian with 12.7 million people recording Christianity as their religion in the 2006 census. Islam accounted for 340,400 or 1.7 percent and Hinduism 148,100 or 0.8 percent.

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