Posted October 15, 2018 12:30:18 A school in King’s county, in western Victoria, has received a $12.8 million grant from the state to help build a new mosque.
The mosque, located at the intersection of King Street and King Road, will be funded by a $30,000 grant from King County’s Economic Development and Economic Development Authority (EDDA).
The funding will allow the mosque to hire more staff to complete the renovations.
In an interview with ABC News, EDA Chief Executive Michael Smith said the mosque’s completion is a “significant milestone” for the district.
“The construction of the new mosque will significantly enhance the community’s relationship with its local mosque,” Smith said.
“We are excited about the positive outcome of this funding.”
The new mosque is expected to open in 2021.
In 2018, the county spent $2.7 million to renovate the existing mosque, but was unable to complete it in time for the 2020 Commonwealth Games.
The new construction will be able to accommodate up to 20,000 people.
Smith said building a new centrepiece of the local community is a critical element of the project.
“When we began the process, we were aware that the existing centrepiece would not be able be completed in time to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, but the timing of the work was so important that we decided to move forward and build the new centrepieces,” he said.
The state government has given the mosque $7.5 million to complete renovations, which will include installing a roof, replacing the existing exterior fence, building a staircase and installing a new building.
The building will be a mosque, a mosque compound, and a school.