Inner West Labor Announces LGBTQI Policy

Released at: July 05, 2017
Contact: Mathew Howard









Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Labor has today announced the first of a series of policies designed to make the new inner west council the most inclusive in the country.

The campaign’s LGBTIQ policy commits to providing a council facility for use as an Inner West Pride Centre, the first in the State, and to providing council-owned facilities for same-sex weddings for 100 days after marriage equality is introduced in Australia.  

The policy aims to build on the exceptional work of the LGBTIQ Community Forum, a committee of dedicated volunteers instigated by former Leichhardt Mayor, Darcy Byrne.

Labor Councillors elected to the Inner West Council would also employ a dedicated LGBTIQ community engagement officer, lobby to keep Mardi Gras Fair Day at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park and recognise the contribution of the LGBTIQ community to the inner west by commissioning a LGBTIQ+ welcome mural and moving towards making council services and facilities more inclusive.

The inner west forms a key part of the so-called “Rainbow Ribbon”, suburbs with a high concentration of LGBTIQ households. St Peters, Newtown, Enmore, Lewisham, Tempe, Marrickville and Stanmore all recorded some of the highest concentration of LGBTIQ households in the 2011 Census.

Key organisations serving the community are also located in the inner west local government area.

The policy was announced at a public meeting hosted by local Labor candidate Mat Howard. Mr Howard is a committee member for Rainbow Families NSW and has previously served as a committee volunteer for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.  


Comments attributable to Mat Howard, Labor for Marrickville Ward

“One of the most exciting things about the inner west is the live and let live mentality that makes us one of the most positive and diverse communities in the country.

“This policy moves the dial on what local government can do to assist and support the LGBTIQ community.

“We will cement the inner west’s reputation as a safe space for the LGBTIQ community and put our suburbs on the global map by locating the state’s first Pride Centre here in our suburbs.

“As part of a wider audit of council space, we will find and dedicate a place to bring together the many LGBTIQ residents, community groups and allies.

“We will build on the work of the existing LGBT Forum and work to ensure our local council serves the diversity and richness of our community.

“We know that a council that respects diversity is a council that works.”


Comments attributable to Clr Darcy Byrne, Labor Mayoral Candidate.

“The inner west is home to one of the strongest and most active LGBTIQ communities in the country. It’s clear council can do more to reflect that at the highest levels.  

"We'll throw open the doors of our town halls to allow couples to marry, free of charge, for 100 days once marriage equality becomes the law of the land.

"Our Labor team is determined to make the new Inner West Council a local government that counteracts bigotry and discrimination in all its forms.

"We are proud to represent such a diverse community and believe the inner west must be the heart and soul of Sydney.


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