A controversial mosque has been quietly approved on the Sunshine Coast, but with strict conditions that would limit worship to only three hours a week.

Responding to community fears about the Islamic place of worship, the council has also imposed a limit on the number of people allowed to pray together.

The old house on Church St, Maroochydore — to be used as a mosque and caretakers' residence — can only operate on Fridays between 12-3pm, with just 25 people attending.

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