Council throws its support behind Ararat’s Islamic community after Christchurch attack

It has been five day’s since an alleged Australian gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, killing 50 and injuring another 50.

Since New Zealand’s shocking attack world leaders have spoken out to condemn the shooting and have thrown their support at the Islamic community.

A number of Ararat Rural City Councillors attended a mosque open day in Ararat over the weekend, to show their support for Ararat’s Islamic community.

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Deputy Mayor, Cr Jo Armstrong said she spoke predominantly with Muslim women for an extended period of time.

“We are hurting with you, please let us know how we can help you and your families, and friends,” Cr Armstrong asked.

The Ararat Rural City Council released a statement yesterday regarding the matter, quoting both the CEO and Mayor who had messages for the Ararat community.

CEO Dr Tim Harrison extended his sympathies on behalf of the council to all families, friends and faithful communities affected by Friday’s attack.

“The hurt from this senseless act is great and extends far beyond those families and communities directly affected – it hurts us all, it diminishes us all and in some way, it changes the world for us all,” Dr Harrison said.

Mayor, Cr Peter Beales reiterated Dr Harrison, as well as reminding Ararat residents to be mindful of our inclusive community and the recent events that have occurred.

“I offer my sympathy, concern and ongoing support to them over the next days, weeks and months as they begin to recover from this terrible act,” Cr Beales said.

“Ararat Rural City is a culturally inclusive community, we welcome people from across the world and we will stand by our Islamic community during this time.”