Planning officers still investigating "place of worship"

FRASER Coast Regional Council planning officers are continuing their investigation into the legality of a building being used for a Muslim prayer group in Hervey Bay.

In October the Fraser Coast Regional Council received a complaint about a commercial building being used as a "place of worship".

The property is listed as a Hervey Bay Mosque online, with worship hours from 1pm to 2pm Fridays.

Divisional councillor Stuart Taylor said the complaint was still being investigated.

"Investigations and communications with the owners and operators of (the premises) have progressed to the point where the owners have engaged consultants to prepare and lodge an application," he said.

"The consultants have advised that they will be lodging applications seeking approval for the intended future use.

The application is expected to be for "community and commercial use".

In October building owner Hamd Rehman confirmed people did meet at the building each week for prayer services.

Yesterday he said paperwork had been lodged with the council and he was awaiting further information from them.