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Plan will guide mosque care, use

Wednesday, 13th April, 2011

The Broken Hill mosque. Image: Wikipedia The Broken Hill mosque. Image: Wikipedia

City Council has received a $5,000 grant to develop a Conservation Management Plan for the Broken Hill Mosque.

The plan will act as a guide for future care and use of the mosque which is the only surviving Mosque in Australia that was built by early cameleers.

Built around 1891, the mosque is situated on the site of the former 'Camel Camp' where Afghan and Indian Camel drivers loaded and unloaded their camel teams.

It is recognised at an international level for its religious and historical significance, and attracts international visitors each year including worshipers from Pakistan, London, India, Germany, South Africa and New Zealand.

"Visitors from across Australia also visit the Mosque each year and with more than a century of history behind it the Mosque remains an important part of Broken Hill's - and the nation's - heritage," Mayor Wincen Cuy said.

"The Broken Hill Mosque represents the history of cameleering in Australia, Broken Hill's early history and the role of Islamic culture in Australia. It is evidence of the contribution the Afghans made to opening up the outback.

"It is rare because it was the first mosque built in NSW and is the only surviving Ghan Town Mosque in Australia.

"Council has a very strong commitment to the preservation of the City's heritage and grant funding from the NSW Heritage Department supports Council's continued investment in Broken Hill's heritage for future generations."

Council, which will match the funding dollar for dollar, expects the plan to be completed by May next year.

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