Travolta, Cruise may pay Moonee Valley a visit

Moonvee Valley Reader, Australia/January 17, 2011

The Church of Scientology Australia has denied rumours Hollywood stars John Travolta and Tom Cruise will attend the opening of a Scientology Church in Ascot Vale this month.

A Leader source revealed that the celebrity Scientologists may attend the opening of the Ideal Church of Scientology, believed to be held on Saturday, January 29.

But Church of Scientology Australia human rights director Nigel Mannock could not confirm the pair’s attendance.

"It would indeed be wonderful to have Tom Cruise and John Travolta for the opening of our new Church in Ascot Vale," Mr Mannock said.

"However as far as I am aware they are not scheduled to attend the opening event.

"We have no guest list at present."

Mr Mannock said the organisation was still in the process of finalising a date.

Another source disclosed to Leader that three private jets had been booked with Melbourne Airport in the lead up to the event. Melbourne Airport did not deny or confirm the claims. A Qantas spokesperson said Travolta would be in Los Angeles this week promoting Australia Week and had made no further arrangements with the airline.

Moonee Valley Mayor John Sipek said council was aware of the official opening but had not been advised of a date. "The building has a permit to hold 300 people but it is permitted to hold 600 people during six special events a year," Cr Sipek said.

He said the Church of Scientology had not applied for a permit to hold the event.

The $7 million Church, located at the former Sister of Mercy College campus at 251 Mt Alexander Rd, has a large public information hall, multimedia displays about Scientology, social betterment and community outreach programs, a conference room and a multifunction auditorium.

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