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Local Representation Advisory Committee Leichhardt

2 August 2016

 

Item No: LL0816 Item 11

Subject: Responses from Councils on active support for yes campaign if a plebiscite is held

File Ref: 16/6014/86040.16

Prepared By: Tara Day-Williams - A/Group Manager Community and Cultural Services, Leichhardt

Authorised By: Simone Schwarz - Director, Service Delivery

 

SUMMARY

The former Leichhardt Council resolved to (C187/16):

1. Write to all NSW councils to gauge their interest in actively supporting the Yes Campaign should a plebiscite on marriage equality proceed.

2. Share the list of responses from the above councils with peak LGBTQI advocacy organisations such as the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Australians for Marriage Equality.

 

On 1 July 2016 the Administrator of the Inner West Council wrote to all NSW councils to gauge their interest in actively supporting the Yes Campaign should a plebiscite on marriage equality proceed.

 

This report provides a summary of responses received and outlines the action to share the responses with peak LGBTQI advocacy organisations.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the Leichhardt LRAC note the report.

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

In October 2014 Leichhardt Council unanimously adopted a Marriage Equality Proclamation which supports the principle of marriage equality (C388/14).

On 26/April/2016 the former Leichhardt Council resolved to (C187/16):

1. Write to all NSW councils to gauge their interest in actively supporting the Yes Campaign should a plebiscite on marriage equality proceed.

2. Share the list of responses from the above councils with peak LGBTQI advocacy organisations such as the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Australians for Marriage Equality.

 

On 1 July 2016 the Administrator of the Inner West Council wrote to all NSW councils to gauge their interest in actively supporting the Yes Campaign should a plebiscite on marriage equality proceed.

 

Responses Received from NSW councils

Responses have been received from 13 NSW Councils, of these the following eight Councils have indicated that they will actively support a yes campaign if there is a plebiscite on marriage equality:

Albury City;

Bega Valley Shire;

Byron Shire;

City of Sydney;

City of Wagga Wagga;

Lake Macquarie City

Nambucca Shire; and

Tenterfield Shire.

 

Western Plains Council noted the letter.  Four Councils have indicated that they will not actively support a yes campaign.

 

Responses from NSW Councils continue to be received.

 

Action to share responses with LGBTQI advocacy organisations

Council staff met with Australians 4 Equality in May, and will engage with peak advocacy organisations, including Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Australians for Marriage Equality in August, when responses have been received from NSW Councils.  

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

OTHER STAFF COMMENTS

Nil

 

 

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Not applicable.

 

 

CONCLUSION

Nil.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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