Dubbo Regional Council is an official supporter of the third and 2017 Central West Pride March but it is not planning to fly the rainbow flag on Saturday morning.
Weather permitting, it will hoist the Royal Air Force Ensign flag, the flag of Australia and the Australian Aboriginal flag as part of the “civic ceremony” for the 313 City of Dubbo Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets on Saturday afternoon.
On Thursday the council’s general manager Mark Riley told of its involvement in Saturday morning’s pride march, to be followed by a community fun day at Ollie Robbins Oval.
“The Central West Pride March is continuing to develop year after year and this is something council will look to promote well into the future,” he said.
“Council is also covering hire fees for the use of Ollie Robbins Oval for the community celebration.”
Mr Riley said the council had promoted a fundraiser for the documentary Pride Out West “across its event promotion channels”.
The event took place on Wednesday after the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced that 61.6 percent of 12.7 million eligible voters marked the “yes” box in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. It asked “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
Dubbo’s pride march is expected to give the region’s LGBTIQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning and Asexual) community and its “straight allies” a chance to celebrate the historic vote.
Mr Riley said same-sex marriage was an issue for the federal government but the council would continue to “foster and encourage the development of services that meet the social and welfare needs of all residents”.
Supporters of the 2017 pride march are Marathon Health, Dubbo and Orange Sexual Health, ACON, Country Network, Uniting, Sporties Dubbo , Dubbo Regional Council, Macquarie Inn Dubbo, West Dubbo Barbers, Dubbo Traffic Control and the headspace Dubbo Youth Reference Group.
Leading agency in the organisation of the 2017 march is headspace Dubbo.
Its theme is Glitz and Glamour.
Marchers will assemble at the corner of Bultje and Bligh streets at 10.30am for an 11am start. They will march up Bultje Street and down Macquarie and Church streets to Ollie Robbins Oval.