Kingborough Council received the Best Practice Award for Excellence in Local Government for LGBTIQ+ inclusive practices. The winners were announced at the Dorothies Awards, hosted by Working It Out on Wednesday 17 May 2023.
“The Dorothies Awards are Tasmania’s premier award for LGBTIQA+ inclusivity,” Cr Wriedt said.
The award was received by Councillor Christian Street and members of Council’s Community Development team, on International Day Against LGBTIQA+ Discrimination (IDAHOBIT Day).
“This is a fantastic announcement which recognises all the work Council and the community have done together to produce our LGBTIQA+ Action Plan,” Cr Wriedt said.
“The LGBTIQA+ Action Plan was created to improve inclusiveness in Kingborough and highlights actions that could be taken by Council ,” Cr Wriedt said.
“One of the actions highlighted in the plan was to fly flags at our Civic Centre to commemorate significant events and raise awareness about LGBTIQA+ experiences and achievements.
“Council raised the Progress Pride Flag on IDAHOBIT day which is celebrated globally and raises awareness around discrimination, isolation and abuse that affects the lives of LGBTIQA+ people.
“Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity within Kingborough will also get a dramatic boost next month with the Arts Screen Events – Pride Film Festival to be held on June 23 – 25.
“This festival will be screening some fantastic movies, like Kinky Boots the Musical, Supernova, Pride, Pricilla, Rainbow Shorts and Swan Song across three days and nights at the Kingborough Community Hub.
“Another action Council is working on is to secure funding for Inclusion Workshops for community members as part of Council’s Learning for Life program.
“I thank the members of our community for bravely raising their voices during our LGBTIQA+ Action Plan consultation and look forward to creating a more inclusive community in Kingborough.”