Years after NSW roads minister Duncan Gay ripped up the rainbow crossing over Sydney's iconic Oxford St, despite massive community objections, the City of Sydney council and the state parliament has approved a new location one block off the strip on the corner of Campbell St and Bourke St.
The news spread quickly as the location was announced on major TV networks and Sydney's and is a fitting announcement during Sydney's annual Pride festival - which coincides with global pride events every June as well as the Mardi Gras in Feb/March each year.
Councillor Christine Forster stated on facebook:
"I have just been notified by the Lord Mayor that the NSW Liberal-National Coalition State Government has approved the installation of a new rainbow crossing at the corner of Bourke and Campbell streets next to Taylor Square.
I first wrote to the Minister for Roads asking for the installation of this rainbow crossing in July 2016. I’m thrilled to see that finally what I requested 2 years ago will come to fruition in time for the 40th anniversary of the 1st Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on 24 June.
I know that the rainbow crossing will become a celebrated and iconic landmark in the heart of Sydney’s LGBTQI community."
Lord Mayor Clover Moore stated: "It's back!
I am excited to announce that we have been working with the Roads & Maritime Services to finally bring Sydney a permanent rainbow crossing.
This permanent pride artwork will be installed at the intersection of Bourke and Campbell streets, near Taylor Square where our rainbow flag has proudly flown since 2015.
A good news story just in time for the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras - this Sunday 24 June."
Sydney celebrates the 40th anniversary this Sunday with a new inflatable art installation at Taylor Square and a party at supporting venue, The Beresford.
Stay tuned to Guidetogay.com for photos and video from the festivities if you cannot make it yourself.