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Public notification is now underway for a proposed temple at a Sunshine Coast property near an existing golf course and service station.

A development application was submitted to council in June for a Hindu temple, known as a mandir, that would be used by a small local congregation at Glenview.

It would be located at 2620 Steve Irwin Way and allow worshippers to visit daily during specified times.

The site is situated between Glenview Par 3 Golf Course to the west and a BP service station to the east.

McPeake Town Planning QLD lodged the application on behalf of its client and the owners of the site, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan (BAPS) Australia Trust and DVM Patel.

According to a town planning report, the mandir is proposed to be located in an existing building at the rear of the 8073sqm site, which would require a small extension and change of classification.

“Our clients have specifically chosen this site, as it will cater for its current and expected demand of their congregation into the future,” the report stated.

“The active local congregation of the Sunshine Coast Hindu BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Sanstha community is very small, consisting of 60-70 people, and it is not expected that the congregation will grow over 70.

“The site is also appropriate for its central location, appropriate size and has ample onsite parking.”

The site plan for a proposed Hindu temple at Glenview.

The report stated the mandir would include a shrine, kitchen, office, bathrooms and religious material storage rooms.

It is understood the temple would be open for worshippers to make offerings between 6.30pm and 8pm Monday to Saturday.

“If a member of the congregation attends site to make an offering, it would usually take less than 10 minutes,” the report stated.

“The main activities of the temple are open for 4.5 hours on Sunday afternoon from 4.30pm to 8pm.”

The report stated that worshipping would not involve the external broadcast of music or prayer, with a small amplification system used within the building for voice only.

The 15-day notification period will run until December 8. More information on the proposal is available here.

The aerial imagery in this story is from Australian location intelligence company Nearmap. The company provides government organisations, architectural, construction and engineering firms, and other companies, with easy, instant access to high-resolution aerial imagery, city-scale 3D content, artificial intelligence data sets, and geospatial tools to assist with urban planning, monitoring and development projects in Australia, New Zealand and North America.

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