DA lodged: Council moves on plans for rainbow flag on Taylor Square
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DA lodged: Council moves on plans for rainbow flag on Taylor Square

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 11 July 2014 08:10 Written by // Reg Domingo

Plans for a rainbow flag on Taylor Square is gathering pace with the City of Sydney applying to have a flag pole installed.

The council has lodged a development application to erect a pre-fabricated metal flag pole on the grassed landscape feature, often referred to as Gilligan’s Island, on Taylor Square.

“The flag will feature the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Communities rainbow design,” the application states.

It is estimated the installation will cost $52,800.

The rainbow flag was approved by the City of Sydney in March and will fly until a permanent artwork commemorating the contributions of the LGBTI community to Sydney is built in 2018, in time for the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras.

The push for an LGBTI symbol was prompted by the removal of the rainbow crossing on Taylor Square in 2013, with calls from sections of the gay community and within Sydney Council.

Councillors Linda Scott and Christine Forster both presented motions for a monument commemorating Sydney’s LGBTI community.

“The rainbow flag is a powerful symbol of equality for the LGBTI community that has widespread recognition and support,” Scott said.

“The news of the City’s development application brings us one step closer to a rainbow flag at Taylor Square.”

The DA is on exhibition until July 17.

View the development application on the City of Sydney website here.

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