Marrickville Council commits to Safe Places
Marrickville Council has pledged to implement ACON’s Anti-Violence Project, Safe Place, to ensure prejudice and discrimination-free public spaces.
The council will collaborate with ACON on the project which aims to ensure members of the LGBTI community feel safe and accepted across the Marrickville precinct.
Official ‘Safe Places’ will include: Petersham Town Hall, Tom Foster Community Care Centre, Council libraries, Council’s Works Depot and externally leased spaces including the Sydney Tennis Centre and Sydney Community College.
The Safe Place's campaign began as a community response to street based homophobic violence. Established in 1991, the initiative now focuses on creating a sense of community, inclusivity and safety for LGBTI members of the community.
All Safe Place locations will display a charter outlining a commitment to an environment free of homophobia, transphobia and all other prejudices.
Mayor of Marrickville Councillor Victor Macri said Safe Place provides an opportunity to positively engage with the LGBTIQ community.
“While we believe all public spaces should be discrimination free, it is likely that our LGBTIQ community will feel more comfortable and safe in areas that publically demonstrate support,” Macri said.