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By Kent Larsen

Brisbane Temple Construction Begins

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA -- Construction on the Brisbane Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is finally underway. Ground was broken for the building last May after delays brought on by opposition from the building's neighbors were resolved in February. Now the projected cost for the Temple has doubled since the Temple's announcement, to $17.25 million (Australian), and local officials are now saying that they are glad the building is underway.

Opposition to the bulding by neighbors resulted in a legal challenge that was dropped last February when the Church, the Brisbane City Council, and nearby residents agreed to a compromise. As part of the compromise, the Church reduced the height of the Temple's 11 meter (36 foot) steeple and the height of a platform that the Temple will be built on. In exchange, the city lifted several restrictions placed on the building, and the neighbors dropped the lawsuit they had filed.

Tim Quinn, Brisbane City Council Deputy Mayor and Urban Planning Committee Chairman, said that he was glad that the building is finally underway, "It's a significant building for River Terrace," he said. "Council gave an approval over the site which we felt met the needs of the church community, but also took into account some local concerns which had been raised about the matter."

Local church leader Grant Pitman adds that local residents should take advantage of the coming open house, to be held after the Temple's expected completion in mid-2003, ""This is usually a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as after dedication only members of the church will be allowed to enter the temple. It represents the pinnacle of our Christian worship. The temple will be a landmark for the city of Brisbane and a blessing for the people of Queensland."


Work starts on $ 17m temple
Brisbane Australia Courier Mail 23Nov01 D1

See also:

Ground Broken for Brisbane Temple
Mormon News 28May01 D1

Brisbane Temple Court Case Settled; Groundbreaking in March
Mormon News 23Feb01 D1

Brisbane Temple Restrictions at Stake in Zoning Fight
Mormon News 27Jan01 D1


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