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Friday 27 October 2017

LGBTIQ community members and Mount Alexander Shire Council have met to continue discussions regarding the possible formation of a LGBTIQ Roundtable.

The concept of the LGBTIQ Roundtable was endorsed at the September 2017 Council meeting as a way for Council to develop an informed position on how to support LGBTIQ equality.

Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Bronwen Machin thanked members of our LGBTIQ community and their allies for their hard work to date.

“Members of the LGBTIQ community and their allies have already been enormously helpful in building a greater understanding in Council of the challenges still faced by LGBTIQ people and how we can help,” said Cr Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“The meeting on 11 October was a terrific initiative by a number of LGBTIQ community members and allies and we plan to meet again in late November to progress our discussions on what we could achieve together if a roundtable proceeds.

“We would not be having these conversations without their strong leadership,” she said.

“While our goal is to achieve sustained and genuine equality for our LGBTIQ community, and we know that this will take time, we also appreciate that support is needed in the lead-up to the outcome of the same sex marriage postal survey and what follows.

“The type of support options, strategies and actions that will be undertaken are still being explored. Clear and firm outcomes are yet to be determined, however Council is actively reviewing this,” said Mayor Machin.

Mayor Machin emphasised Mount Alexander Shire Council supports equality for all members of the community.

“There is simply no place for discrimination of any kind in our community - we reflect this in our Council Plan, in our policies and this is an example of us putting this position into action.

“We can’t thank enough everyone who has been involved to date for their dedication and passion towards making this community a truly supportive, safe and inclusive one for everyone.

“We also want to sincerely thank all members of the community who have taken the time to either write to Council to share their thoughts or have spoken up regarding equality for everyone in our community.”

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