Then Liberal candidate for Stirling, Vince Connelly, announced during the election that he supported a push for increased security measures at a popular mosque in Mirrabooka, which was the target of a devastating fire-bombing attack in 2018.
Mr Connelly today announced an $85,000 commitment to the Masjid Al Taqwa Mosque to upgrade its security, should the Morrison Government be re-elected.
The funding will be used to install twenty-eight new state-of-the-art CCTV cameras, a new alarm system, security lighting, two new security gates, as well as funding a static security guard, for key congregation and holy times. This significant investment will ensure that worshippers at the mosque are kept safe.
Last year, the mosque was damaged after a targeted fire-bombing attack which coincided with the end of Eid al-Adha, a holy Islamic holiday. The local community rallied to support the mosque, and this investment from the Morrison Liberal Team will ensure that patrons of the mosque continue to feel safe in Stirling.
Mr Connelly said he’s proud to support the new security measures, which will ensure the safety of worshippers and deter similar attacks.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe and accepted in our community,” Mr Connelly said.
“That’s why the Morrison Government is investing in local community and religious organisations. We recongise the right of all people, to worship and gather peacefully and safely, and this investment is integral to ensuring that this can continue.”
WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds said the security funding for the Mosque would provide local worshippers with greatly improved security.
“This funding announcement demonstrates our Government’s commitment to protecting and celebrating the many cultures and religions that constitute modern Australia,” Senator Reynolds said.
“It is because of the Morrison Government’s strong economic management that we are able to make these important security investments in our local community.”