By Kent Larsen
Brisbane Temple Court Case Settled; Groundbreaking in March
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA -- The LDS Church and the Brisbane City
Council reached a compromise Wednesday that settled the Church's lawsuit
against the city and cleared the way for the Temple's groundbreaking
ceremony in March. The lawsuit challenged restrictions the city had placed
on the building, and the settlement removes some of those restrictions.
The Church's plans include building a chapel and the Temple on the 8,500
meter (85,000-square feet) site, replacing the existing chapel and
administrative offices that have been on the site since the late 1950s. The
court case, scheduled to be heard in the Planning and Environment Court this
month, challenged the city's restrictions, which required that only one
building on the site be used at a time, a limit on hours of operation and a
requirement that the Church build an acoustic barrier at the site. The
reports available to Mormon News did not indicate which restrictions were
reduced, but the reports did indicate that the settlement lifted "certain
restrictions that would have made normal temple operation a challenge."
The LDS Church announced the Brisbane Temple in mid-1998, saying that it
would serve the Australian provinces of Queensland and New South Wales as
well as Papua New Guine and the Solomon Islands. Queensland currently has
about 40 LDS congregations and 20,000 members.
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