Buddhists seek land for monastery

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Venerable Mudu during fundraiser event at Joop Thai
Camera IconVenerable Mudu during fundraiser event at Joop Thai Credit: Matt Gibson

Plans for the first Buddhist monastery in the region are gaining ground, with two locations under consideration for the development.

Buddhist monk Neil Proudfoot, known as Venerable Mudu, said he was excited to see the positive response from the public.

But he said developing a Buddhist monastery came with its own struggles.

Buddhist monk Neil Proudfoot, known as Venerable Mudu during his last trip to Albany.
Camera IconBuddhist monk Neil Proudfoot, known as Venerable Mudu during his last trip to Albany. Credit: Matt Gibson

“We originally selected a location in Elleker to develop the monastery, however the 160-acre (65ha) property might not tick all the boxes for our bushfire emergency plan,” he said.

“The property does not occupy any road frontage so we’re currently discussing with neighbours the possibility of purchasing a land easement to construct a proper sealed entry road in the area.

“We are also considering a waterfront property in Big Grove.

“Though it does not quite meet all the requirements just yet, it’s a good option to have.”

Venerable Mudu is heading to Albany this weekend to discuss the monastery concept plan with local planning consultants and potential neighbours.

“The main concern we receive from nearby neighbours is always about the amount of cars that will be in the monastery,” he said.

“I estimated around three to five cars on the weekend, but it is hard to guarantee. But I just want everyone to know that we are a very peaceful crowd.

“So there would be minimal disruption in the area once we occupied the land and use it as a place of public worship.”

Venerable Mudu said he planned to acquire a suitable property before the end of the year.

He said he wanted to develop the monastery in the next of couple years.

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