A GOLD Coast Muslim group which had its plans for a mosque rejected after community protests has sold the site, almost doubling its money.
The Salsabil Charity Organisation offloaded the Currumbin Waters property for $3.34 million, $1.6 million more than it paid, after it was told by a court it could not go ahead and build a mosque.
The organisation would not say if it would now start searching for an alternate site which could potentially spark further demonstrations.
Community protests convinced the Gold Coast City Council to oppose the Currumbin Waters proposal.
Salsabil appealed to the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane which earlier this year upheld the council decision but it cost the city a large portion of its $3 million legal bill for the period.
Last night a council spokesman said they were not aware if another site was under consideration.
However, Islamic Society of Gold Coast president Hussin Goss yesterday said more mosques were needed for the city’s increasing Muslim population.
“Of course we need more places of worship and, of course at the end of the day when the time comes, we will try to pursue this in the right areas,” Mr Goss said.
“As the community grows, more places of worship are required.”
The Currumbin Waters site in Villiers Drive was bought by the Salsabil Charity Organisation in 2014.
The organisation applied for a warehouse to be converted into a place of worship which sparked 3867 submissions and eight petitions containing 5511 signatures, as well as protests outside the Evandale council chambers.
Salsabil appealed against the council’s rejection to the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane but lost.
The group which led opposition to the mosque proposal, the Currumbin Residents and Light Industry Safety Committee, said it was against the church on town planning grounds.
It hailed the court’s decision as a victory for the Currumbin community.
Attempts to contact Ishrat Abdool and Benjamin Abdul, directors of the Salsabil Charitable Organisation, were unsuccessful.
The buyer of the Villiers Drive property, Australian School of Meditation & Yoga, owns the Vege Chip Company which produces gluten-free chips and has bought the site to extend its production capacity.