Rain­bow ban­ner re­placed thanks to gen­er­ous crowd­fund­ing

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - News -

An up­ris­ing of sup­port for Mar­riage Equal­ity has seen the Hawkesbury com­mu­nity and Coun­cil unite to re­place the Mar­riage Equal­ity ban­ner that was stolen from Coun­cil’s Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing on Sun­day, 17 Septem­ber 2017.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Coun­cil­lor Mary Lyons-Buck­ett was par­tic­u­larly moved by the Hawkesbury com­mu­nity’s good will and con­struc­tive re­sponse.

“My heart­felt thanks to our won­der­ful Hawkesbury com­mu­nity for their gen­er­ous and im­me­di­ate sup­port in crowd­fund­ing for the stolen Mar­riage Equal­ity ban­ner. Over $1000 was raised and it meant that we could quickly re­place the ban­ner and re-in­stall it.,” Mayor Lyons-Buck­ett said.

Coun­cil is proud to sup­port Mar­riage Equal­ity, and, along with the ban­ner, which states: ‘Hawkesbury City Coun­cil sup­ports Mar­riage Equal­ity. Vote Yes’, a rain­bow flag is also fly­ing out­side Coun­cil Cham­bers un­til the postal sur­vey for same sex mar­riage con­cludes on 7 Novem­ber.

Coun­cil has Closed Cir­cuit Tele­vi­sion (CCTV) en­abled around its Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing for se­cu­rity and that po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft.


On 29 Au­gust 2017, Coun­cil re­solved to en­gage with the Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans­gen­der, Queer, In­ter­sex and Asex­ual com­mu­nity to as­sist with the ‘ Yes’ cam­paign in a re­spect­ful man­ner; to hold a com­mu­nity event in sup­port of Mar­riage Equal­ity; to fly the rain­bow flag un­til 7 Novem­ber; and to dis­play a rain­bow ban­ner sup­port­ing Mar­riage Equal­ity.

On 28 Fe­bru­ary 2017, Coun­cil also re­solved to fly the rain­bow flag for the Mardi Gras Fes­ti­val pe­riod each year, as well as in­ves­ti­gate ways in which Coun­cil can demon­strate sup­port for the Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans­gen­der, Queer, In­ter­sex and Asex­ual com­mu­nity.

Fol­low­ing this, Coun­cil staff com­menced con­sul­ta­tion with rep­re­sen­ta­tive groups in the Hawkesbury and the re­sults of this con­sul­ta­tion will be re­ported back to Coun­cil in due course.

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