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Call for City of Sydney to honour Neville Wran
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Call for City of Sydney to honour Neville Wran

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 09 May 2014 11:27 Written by // Ron Hughes

City of Sydney Councillor Linda Scott is calling on the City to honour the achievements of the late former premier Neville Wran.

Scott says Wran’s legacy as a reformer, including the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and his dedication to protecting the city’s heritage deserves special recognition.

“[Wran’s] record on securing rights for those who need it most, including his Private Member’s Bill to decriminalise homosexuality and abolition of crimes that target the homeless, alongside his environmental record, namely doubling the area of land protected as National Parks in the state and World Heritage listing for rainforests, means we all live in a City that is more inclusive, tolerant and sustainable,” Scott said.

Scott said the Wran Labor Government was responsible for the establishment of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and the refurbishment of many historic, heritage buildings in the City of Sydney, including the Hyde Park Barracks and the Mint. Wran’s Labor Government also established the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Theatre Company at its home at The Wharf, and significantly expanded the NSW Art Gallery, the Australian Museum, and the NSW State Library.

“Because of Wran’s leadership, our children play in open green parkland in the heart of the City in the Botanic Gardens and Domain, dance with the Wiggles at the Powerhouse Museum and experience wonderful stories via Sydney’s own Theatre Company,” she said.

Scott hopes the Council will honour Wran with the dedication of an inner city park, or a piece of public art.

“It is my hope that all Councillors will join with me across the political divide to ensure the City of Sydney takes steps to mark his legacy on our City,” Scott said.

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Ron Hughes

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Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

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