Islamic school to appeal rejection by Oz authorities

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Melbourne, Aug 27 : Proponents of an Islamic school in south-western Sydney will appeal a local government rejection of the the proposal to build a 1,200-student school.

Camden Council voted unanimously in May to reject the proposal to build a 1,200-student school, after months of heated community meetings and the release of an adverse planner's report, the Herald Sun reported.

The report cited traffic and environmental reasons for its decision.

The school's backer, the Qu'uranic Society, will now appeal the council's rejection.

Camden mayor Chris Patterson said the council maintained its decision to reject the development.

"Council made its decision based on 100 per cent planning grounds. Council believes it's made the right decision on those grounds for the specific site" he said.

The Qu'uranic Society has criticised the council's decision, saying it is racist.

The society's grounds of appeal have not been made public and the matter is due before the NSW Land and Environment Court late next month.

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