ICQ + QPS
Due to the recent events in Christchurch, ICQ is continuing to liaise with the QLD Police Service about ensuring the protection of Muslims and security around mosques and Islamic centres across the state. Earlier in March, several members of ICQ met with Inspector Les Bulluss, Senior Sergeant Wayne Rasmussen and Superintendent Peter Brewer to discuss how the QPS can better serve the Muslim Community.
Further to these events, the Australian government has released further grants for the Safer Communities Fund. The funding has been boosted for the upcoming round of grants from the fund for religious organisations, including religious schools, places of religious worship and religious assembly to increase security at their premises.
Grants will range from $50,000 to $1.5 million and will provide for safety enhancements such as CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms, security systems and public address systems. The funding is available over three years for security infrastructure and projects and applications for funding are currently open. Further details are available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund website at: https://www.business.gov.au/
After a meeting on the 18th of March at Holland Park Masjid, it was decided that each masjid should contact the QPS to conduct a risk assessment on the property and help advise on improved security measures.
For any mosque or Muslim-run facility that is interested in having a QPS risk assessment on their property, please contact the following officer:
Phone: 07 3354 5013
ICQ Member Organisations to Increase Female Participation
One of our key areas of focus under our new management committee in ICQ is to increase female participation within our various communities and societies.
Below is a copy of the letter that was sent to all member organisations urging for greater female participation.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
One of our key areas of focus under our new management committee in ICQ is to increase female participation within our various communities and societies. With 50% of our community being female, it is imperative that we provide opportunities within our respective societies to hold leadership positions to facilitate our progression as Muslims in Queensland.
Some of our best initiatives and programs have been spearheaded by our sisters, and it is time that we not only recognise these efforts but encourage them. We are very honoured to have Sister Janeth Deen to be the first female member of ICQ and she has undoubtedly opened the door for many others to follow in her path. Opening positions for women within out societies will provide a platform that supports women’s initiatives and will foster a greater community spirit.
We implore all our member organisations to encourage greater female participation at a society and committee level and ask our sisters to take on these roles as they become available.
If you would like to get in touch regarding these roles, please feel free to contact [email protected]