A local council has voted to create Sydney’s second rainbow crossing, in the inner west suburb of Newtown.
Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne said the decision was made at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Byrne said councillors had voted to support “our local Labor proposal to create a Rainbow Crossing or Square” in Newtown.
He said the preferred location for the installation is the intersection of King Street and Enmore Road in the suburb.
“Our community has long been the heart and soul of the LGBTI community in Sydney,” Byrne wrote on Facebook.
“It would be a respectful and powerful acknowledgment of that heritage to have this famous location become a Rainbow Square for Sydney.”
Mayor Byrne said the council will consult with the City of Sydney and Transport for NSW on developing the installation.
Item 22: Council’s #LGBTIQ Working Group has proposed installing a Rainbow Crossing at the intersections of King St & Enmore Rd. Council will initiate discussions w. stakeholders including City of Sydney @cityofsydney & Transport for NSW @TransportforNSW #PRIDE
— Inner West Council (@IWCouncil) December 10, 2019
Rainbow crossing in Taylor Square unveiled in February
For several months, Newtown residents have called for their own rainbow crossing.
In September, 300 residents around Newtown’s Wilson Street petitioned for one in front of Hollis Park. The area was undergoing construction at the time.
Earlier this year, Sydney’s rainbow crossing at Taylor Square (pictured) was officially launched ahead of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
The new crossing curves around the corner of nearby Campbell and Bourke Streets in a rainbow shape.
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the crossing was “a colourful symbol of the City’s long standing support for our LGBTIQ community.”
“The rainbow flag has come to represent the LGBTIQ community’s struggles for liberation, survival and equality,” she said.
“We believe this may be the first one in the world that has been painted in a curving rainbow shape.”
Five years earlier, the NSW government controversially removed the previous rainbow crossing in the area. They cited safety concerns.
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