Victorian Mosque Open Day to go ahead, says Islamic Council of Victoria

Tomorrow a mosque open day is being held in Victoria and police have said will increase the security presence around places of worship. Twenty-one mosques in Victoria plan to open their doors to the community to mark the beginning of Cultural Diversity Week. It’s the third year the open day has been held, with thousands of visitors attending in previous years.

In a statement, Victoria police said they wanted to reassure the Victorian community that the police presence at places of worship and community events, including the Australian Grand Prix, would be increased this weekend.

“The safety of all Victorians is our number one priority and we will take all necessary action to ensure that everyone in our community not only feels safe, but is safe,” a police spokeswoman said. “There is no intelligence at this point in time to suggest there is any threat to the Victorian community.”

The Islamic Council of Victoria said the event would go ahead and would “no doubt be tinged with sadness.”

“We invite Victorians of all faiths to visit nearby local mosques this Sunday to meet their fellow Australians in a warm and welcoming environment, exactly what is needed at this traumatic time,” the council said.

Anyone with information about a possible attack or person of interest is urged to make a confidential report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or ring triple zero.

The following 20 mosques and Islamic communities will open their doors on the day any time between 10-4pm;

* Albanian Islamic Centre of Dandenong
12 Dalgety Street, Dandenong South

* Albanian Mosque – Albanian Australian Islamic Society (10-4pm)
765 Drummond St, Carlton North

*Australian Bosnian Islamic Centre
285 Station Rd, Deer Park

* Australian Islamic Centre (10-4pm)
23/31 Blenheim Rd, Newport

* Benevolence Australia
125 George St, Doncaster East

* Doncaster Mosque – UMMA Centre (11-2pm)
72 George St, Doncaster East

* El Sedeaq Heidelberg Mosque
32 Elliott St, Heidelberg Heights

* Geelong Mosque – Islamic Society of Geelong (10-2pm)
45-47 Bostok Avenue, Manifold Heights

* Golden Wattle Mosque
700 Davis Rd, Tarneit

* Hallam Mosque (IEWA) (10-2pm)
131-133 Hallam Rd, Narre Warren North

* ICMG Meadow Heights Mosque
15-17 Hudson Circuit, Meadow Heights

* ICV City Mosque (10-4pm)
66-68 Jeffcott St, Melboure West

* IISCA Brunswick Islamic Centre
31 Edward St, Brunswick

* Islamic Museum of Australia
15A Anderson Rd, Thornbury

* Light of Hidayah
6 Victor Street, Morwell

* Monash Mosque – Islamic Association of Monash
16 Beddoe Ave, Clayton

* Omar Farooq Mosque
14-16 Photomia St, Doveton

* Preston Mosque – Islamic Society of Victoria (10-4pm)
90 Cramer St, Preston

* Virgin Mary Mosque (10-4pm)
143A Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing

* Masjid IMCV Westall
130 Rosebank Ave, Clayton South