Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hindu Temple Planned; Poised for Controversial Location

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hindu Temple Planned; Poised for Controversial Location

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Byline: Vanessa Jarrett


8 Nuttall St, Parkhurst, near the music bowl

Cultural centre open daily

To be used for meditation, dancing, meetings, events, yoga

One storey temple building

PLANS for a Hindu Cultural Centre to host dancing, yoga, cultural meetings, meditations, and festivals have been lodged with Rockhampton Regional Council.

The centre is poised to be located on a 3.35ha vacant block at 8 Nuttall St, Parkhurst.

The proposal is for a one storey building, less than 10 metres in height, with a footprint of less than 400sq m and temple like features.

The building is proposed to be positioned towards the middle of the lot with vehicle access off Monier Rd.

It is planned for the Cultural Centre to be open from Sunday to Thursday, 6am to 6pm and Friday to Saturday 6am to midnight.

Traditional dancing classes (6pm to 8pm on Saturday) may occur on a fortnightly basis with an estimated five to 10 children to attend.

The space will occasionally be an area for meditation, for three or four people at a time, any time it is open.

Cultural meetings would be held fortnightly with about 10 visitors.

The application emphasised there would not be any loud noises.

"The activities inside the building will be organised and without alcohol; therefore, no loud or excessive noise, nor unruly behaviour, is expected to occur on-site," the report says.

"The proposal will avoid noise by only allowing small gatherings of visitors, playing gentle music on-site, without using microphones."

Additionally, it is explained most of the sound would be blocked as the subject development is buffered by a large bulk of trees and Limestone Creek to the east and the railway corridor to the west.

The environment will remain mostly the same as a majority of the landscaping features including the shade trees on the eastern side of the site would be retained. …

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