Rainbow road may rise again
The City of Sydney could get its rainbow crossing back.
The rainbow crossing was painted across Oxford Street in Darlinghurst ahead of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2013.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay faced harsh criticism after having it covered up with asphalt soon after the celebrations.
He said it was a public safety hazard, as it had cause some to stop in the middle of the crossing to pose for photos.
But now, City of Sydney councillor Christine Forster is calling for the popular tribute to be restored, possibly at a less busy intersection.
Cr Forster wrote to Mr Gay this week.
“[The new location is] every bit as close to the heart of the community, the LGBTI community, in Taylor Square, but it's a much safer and quieter location where people would be able to stop and take photos and enjoy it without being in danger of being run over by a bus,” Ms Forster told the ABC.
“Even if people did skylark around on it a little bit, which I suppose you can't avoid in some instances, it's a pretty safe proposition.”
Ms Forster said it would show support to the gay community ahead of the upcoming plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
“We really want to be united and showing our support for change, for reform to the marriage act,” Ms Forster said.
“It's going to be a very important time that we put positive symbols out about our community, so I think all round it's great timing.”