Monday, 1 April 2013

NSW Labor calls for Sydney's Taylor Square Rainbow Crossing to Stay

NSW Labor has thrown its support behind the community campaign to keep the rainbow crossing at Taylor Square as a way to permanently celebrate the contribution of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and their families to the city.

Shadow Minister for Transport, Penny Sharpe said Oxford Street was known worldwide as the hub of the GLBTI community in Australia.

“Oxford Street is famous around the world and I am confident that the rainbow crossing will become another attraction for Sydneysiders and tourists to come and see when they are in the city,” she said.

“The Shadow Minister for Roads and I have written to Duncan Gay today urging him to keep the rainbow crossing.

"I hope that common sense prevails and the crossing can become a permanent part of Oxford Street." 

Shadow Minister for Roads, Ryan Park said: “This crossing has become a symbol of inclusivity and it makes no sense to paint over it – not least because it has been reported to cost up to $30,000 to have this work undertaken."

“There may be some individuals in the bureaucracy who will try and convince the Government that this can’t be done – but we need to take a common sense approach.

"The rainbow crossing is an attractive addition to Taylor Square that the community is enjoying – why would you get rid of it?"

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