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Work starts on new $2m landmark for Woolgoolga

An artist’s impression of what the new Sikh Temple in Hastings St will look like.
An artist’s impression of what the new Sikh Temple in Hastings St will look like. Contributed

WOOLGOOLGA is set for a new landmark with work having started on a new Sikh temple on the site of the original Hastings Street building.

More than four years in the planning, the new building is expected to cost about $2 million with money raised from the local community and people around Australia.

Andrew Hundal Building has been awarded the contract for construction of the temple over the next two years.

"The preliminary earthworks have started and we're back at council waiting for the final engineering certificates," Mr Hundal said.

The new building will cover a total of 1300m2 with 700m2 downstairs for a hall and kitchen, which will be available for use by the wider community, and an upstairs space for prayer.

More than $1 million has been raised through the community for the building so far and Mr Hundal is determined to put the money to use to benefit the area.

"I'm going to use all local trades and suppliers just to keep it in the community," he said.

All new domes will be made for the building - either locally or from specialist fibreglass companies in India.

Murray Grey Earth Moving have donated work and resources toward the building already while BMT Logging provided free transport to get the excavator to the site.

Dr Amarjit More, who is part of the committee overseeing construction, said the he hoped Sikh communities around Australia would help with funding the project.

"The original congregation here has contributed to every Sikh temple in Australia and New Zealand and we hope it's our turn," Dr More said.

"We've already been to Brisbane and we'll be doorknocking Sikh communities all over Australia."

As part of the process work will be done on Hastings St and the Dr More hopes Coffs Harbour City Council will help with that part of the project.

"Because this is a church and a non-profit organisation, we're hopeful they will be able to contribute to that side of things," he said.

Topics:  building starts, hastings street, sikh temple


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