Rainbow crossings look set to go ahead in Sydney’s gay village

Multi-colored crossings to celebrate Mardi Gras gay pride in Australian city's Oxford Street area already approved by council

Rainbow crossings look set to go ahead in Sydney’s gay village
03 January 2013

Rainbow-colored pedestrian crossings in Sydney’s gay village look set to be green-lighted by the Australian city’s authorities.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s scheme to paint the Taylor Square and Whitlam Square crossings on Oxford Street in the colors of the LGBT flag was approved by Sydney City Council last month.

AU$75,000 ($78,805) was allocated to pay for the project, which celebrates the 35th anniversary of the city’s annual Mardi Gras gay pride festival.

The proposal now needs to be rubber stamped by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

But according to the Star Observer, the government agency has suggested it will give its approval provided the new crossings are rolled out on a trial basis and follow a risk evaluation.

If given the go-ahead, the crossings will become operational before Mardi Gras in February.

It is expected the project will boost tourism in the area and was inspired by a similar scheme introduced in the US city of West Hollywood.

Gay Star News is an official global news supporter for the 35th Sydney Mardi Gras.

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