Supporting First Nations People And Multiculturalism In The Inner West

The Inner West is the birthplace of multiculturalism, fostered on land owned by the Gadigal and Wangal People of the Eora Nation. Labor will:

  • Convert Marrickville Town Hall into a multicultural hub, as well as a venue for live music, performing arts, and cultural centre
  • Develop a local Inner West Council Anti-Racism Strategy
  • Host and support events on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • Provide a number of free early education and/or preschool places to children whose parents are awaiting asylum seeker declaration
  • Provide business support for local small businesses in community languages through workshops and materials via relevant channels on Council compliance, health and food safety and government grant opportunities
  • Support the improved representation of cultural diversity in arts and culture as part of a stronger creative economy in the Inner West by actively widening talent pools and diversifying decision-making teams
  • Ensure that the Perfect Match program connects with and supports the little villages

Serving Our Diverse Communities

Our diversity makes us strong. All people in the Inner West have the right to free and fair access to public services, irrespective of their age, gender, culture, sexuality, or disability. Labor understands that these values require concrete action and will:

  • Work to end period poverty in the Inner West by trialing the provision of free period and sanitary products in Council-run facilities including libraries, swimming pools, and public toilets at sports grounds
  • Encourage partnerships with University and TAFE to increase the number of women working in STEM careers across Council including engineering, planning, and technical trades above the 80/194 women currently employed in these fields
  • Work with community groups to establish at least one flagship inclusive playground in every ward, and to establish public sensory gardens in pocket parks
  • Appoint a staff member to coordinate activities, manage and drive the purpose of the Inner West Pride Centre
  • Work with World Pride to ensure the Inner West is central to the celebrations in 2023
  • Host and support events to mark IDAHOBIT, Transgender Day of Visibility, and Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Build a Rainbow Crossing in Newtown
  • Establish a Pride Network to support LGBTIQA+ Council staff
  • Fight for our Council-run child care services to remain in community hands.
  • Support every Council childcare facility to deliver exceptional early childhood education, and achieve an ‘Excellent’ ACEQA rating
LGBTIQ Pride Centre at Newtown Town Hall