A local council in Sydney rejected a proposal for an eruv.
Ku-ring-gai Council, in Sydney’s north, rejected the application by Northern Eruv Inc. for a 12.4-mile boundary that would have required 26 poles to be erected. The council said last week that some of the information in the application was “inaccurate and incomplete.”
The eruv would have circled St. Ives, a neighborhood that is heavily populated with Jews from South Africa.
Seventeen of the 21 public submissions received by the council were against the proposal. Some feared it would create a “Jewish ghetto.”
David Guth, 32, of Northern Eruv Inc., told the Australian Jewish News that he was “shocked and disappointed” by the decision to reject the eruv application, which was conceived four years ago.
An eruv in Sydney’s eastern suburbs incorporates Bondi Beach, which has several synagogues and Jewish schools. Another eruv exists in Melbourne.