MELBOURNE: Signalling friendship, faith and collaboration the Australian, Aboriginal and Sikh flags were hoisted recently at a proposed site for a new Sikh place of worship. The 20-acre property, earmarked for the planned Sri Guru Nanak Darbar temple, is located at Officer in Cardinia Shire Council region. The flag hoisting marked the grand foundation ceremony of the new temple as well as National Reconciliation Week.It came as a relief for the Sikh community of Cardinia Shire as the execution of the project was under strain due to initial objections from neighbours. 24 local residents had earlier approached the VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) and raised an objection against the proposed temple that was later withdrawn. The concerns were mainly around increased traffic on roads frequented by children, horses and bicyclists, noise pollution in a tranquil lifestyle and adverse impact on the green wedge zone environment.The VCAT case against the temple development was withdrawn in May this year after the residents sought legal advice on the matter. According to community representative Harpreet Singh, “Mutual understanding is an ongoing process and we are grateful that the residents made the decision to withdraw their objection”. Singh also thanked those who helped, guided and persevered in their efforts to support the community.
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