ONE of the largest Buddhist temples in Sydney could call Horsley Park home if planning authorities give it the green light.
If approved, the $9 million An Khong Monastery Temple will be based in the semirural region on Delaware Road.
The application for the 4.5 hectare development was lodged by the Australian Buddhist Foundation in July last year and will be assessed by the joint regional planning panel.
Construction is expected to start early next year and be completed by 2020.
The development will include a temple building, two enclosed art gallery pavilions, an administration building, a dining hall, two training blocks and two residential accommodation blocks.
It will also feature private meditation rooms and residence for 24 monks and nuns.
Thanh Nguyen from the Australia Buddhist Foundation said this was their first temple in the region and they chose Horsley Park because of the demand.
“The area is very close to the large Vietnamese community in Cabramatta and surrounding suburbs,” Ms Nguyen said.
“The site will be landscaped to provide a peaceful place for worship and meditation.”
Fairfield is home to more than 30,000 Vietnamese and 45,000 Buddhists, the second largest religion in the area.
Davy Nguyen from the Vietnamese Community in Australia welcomed the temple and said he encouraged anything that was a positive for the area.
“It’ll be built close by so the community has a lot more choice of where they want to go,” Mr Nguyen said.
“The community has already approved it, now we’re just waiting for council’s approval.
“Our community is quite large and there isn’t really a big temple as such to cater to them. Generally speaking, this has easier access and allows more people to come together in one place.
“Many investors have come on board so it could be the biggest yet.”
The proposed operating hours will be from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Sunday.