Despite its name, Resha College, Turkish for raindrops, would cater for up to 150 students in a non-denominational environment.
Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor (Parkinson) said although the college was still seeking Brisbane City Council planning approval, several residents had raised concerns.
“It is disappointing that some people are choosing to make racially based inferences about this school,” she said.
“It is an independent school and will not preclude any student from any background from attending.”
One Algester resident said Turkish families should send their children to existing local schools or go back to Turkey.
Ngaire Lanyon said it was time people stood up to the development of Muslim-based schools which she believed did not promote integration.
“They come to this country, why can’t they go to our local schools?
“How many German schools or New Zealand schools do you see around?”
Mrs Lanyon said building schools like Resha College was setting a “shocking precedent”.
“We’re losing our own values,” she said. “When other people come here they have to adopt the Australian way of life.
“If our schools aren’t good enough for their kids they should go back to Turkey.”
Queensland Education and Cultural Foundation’s Murat Coskun said the boutique private school would cater for a maximum of 150 students and would welcome children of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds.
Federal Member for Moreton Graham Perrett said he would establish a multicultural forum following discussions at the Southside Summit on the weekend.
Mr Perrett said multiculturalism was an issue residents felt needed regular discussion.
“It will be useful to educate, inform and pass on community concerns,” he said.
Mr Perrett said people had also raised migrant housing as an issue.
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