Australian council seeks multi-cultural help

Australian council seeks multi-cultural help

Australian council seeks multi-cultural help

Updated 19 December 2011, 16:04 AEDT

An Australian local council at the centre of a row over a failed bid to build an Islamic school in the suburbs of Sydney is seeking federal government help to develop a program to promote multiculturalism.

This week, Camden council knocked back a proposal to build the school, but it denied suggestions religious intolerance was behind the decision.

The immigration department's Kate Pope has told a Federal parliamentary committee, the Council contacted them recently to discuss whether a program could be established.

"To look at whether there is an opportunity for us to assist with some project of some kind in association with the New South Wales Government with the community relations commission in relation to a harmony promoting initiative that might be suitable for Camden".