artist's drawing of the synagogue

Synagogue ban not our decision, says Waverley Council

WAVERLEY Council has distanced itself from a court decision to ban a synagogue in Bondi Beach because of concerns it would be a target for Islamic terrorism.

The Land and Environment Court on Wednesday rejected plans for the synagogue at Bondi, in a move the Jewish community said was “rewarding terrorism”.

A Waverley Council spokeswoman said the applicant group, Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (FREE), had lodged the original development with council last year.

When council had not dealt with it after 40 days, it was deemed refused and FREE sought a ruling from the Environment Court.

“It was the Land and Environment Court’s decision to dismiss the appeal put forward by the applicant and refuse the development application,” a council spokeswoman said.


Read the full article by Shaya Laughlin at the Wentworth Courier.