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oxford-rainbowLaunching the colourful new rainbow crossing on Oxford Street at Taylor Square yesterday were Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik and co-chairs Siri Kommedahl and Peter Urmson plus Sydney MP Alex Greenwich.

Moore describes the crossing as “a fabulous piece of public art,” which she says will bring a smile to the faces of the thousands of tourists who’ll visit the city for Mardi Gras this week.


“It’s a fantastic asset to the city,” agreed Urmson. “A big thank you to City of Sydney for supporting Mardi Gras and our LGBTI citizens.”

Greenwich explains how moving it is to see the Pride Flag’s colours in Sydney’s gayest street. “Lesbians and gay men we beaten and based on Oxford Street in 1978, and homophobic violence was rife,” he says. “To now have our flag on our street celebrates how far we have come and is tribute to the battles we have won.

“It’s an awesome tourist attraction at a critical time for Oxford Street.”

Below is a time-lapse video showing how the crossing was painted:

The decision to paint the rainbow crossing had the support of most City of Sydney councillors, but was opposed by Liberal Party Edward Mandla and Christine Forster along with Living Sydney Councillor Angela Vithoulkas.

The cost of the crossing is surprisingly expensive – altogether Roads and Maritime Services put it at $110,000, which includes its painting, compulsory video surveillance and eventual removal.

The RMS has also specified that the rainbow be removed at the end of March, but both Moore and Greenwich are hoping for an extension to this. If you agree, sign the petition here.

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