A council in an affluent area of Melbourne has copped fierce backlash from locals for spending $200,000 of taxpayer’s money to prove it supports the LGBTI+ community.
Port Phillip Council plans to fork out the ‘obscene’ amount of money for a Rainbow Tick accreditation to show it is ‘committed to safe, inclusive practice for LGBTQIA+ people’.
Greens councillor Katherine Copsey is behind the time consuming and costly proposal, which could take up to two years to get accredited by the Quality Innovation Performance.
Taxpayers would foot the $200,000 bill, which will go towards a project facilitator, training and temporarily replacing staff while they are receiving the training.
Port Phillip Council is forking out the money for a Rainbow Tick accreditation to show it is ‘committed to safe, inclusive practice for LGBTQIA+ people’. Pictured: Mayor Bernadene Voss (centre) and her councillors unveil the city’s rainbow road in St Kilda in 2018
Greens councillor Katherine Copsey is behind the timely and costly proposal, which could take up to two years to get accredited by the Quality Innovation Performance
The proposal has been slammed by locals as ‘rate payer theft’ and putting ‘woke’ causes before residents’ needs.
‘How on earth are they allowed to get away with this offensive rate payer theft?,’ one local said.
‘The council should do the right thing and resign, they [are] out of touch with what rates are to be used for,’ said another.
‘What an obscene waste of tax payers money and in no way justifiable on any level,’ said another.
‘A small minority being pandered to by a Left Wing Green dominated council paid for by the majority who do not want this,’ a fourth resident wrote.
‘Whoever made this decision should be sacked or forced to repay these fund. Delusional rubbish when a lot of people are struggling to keep the lights on.’
Institute of Public Affairs’ Bella d’Abrera said the plan is ‘nothing more than empty virtue signalling’.
City of Port Phillip forks out about $180,000 every year on its Pride March through Fitzroy Street
‘While the city is still recovering from coronavirus lockdowns during which local residents have lost jobs, including council employees themselves, it is outrageous that Port Phillip Council would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on (this),’ she told the Herald Sun.
‘It reveals that the council’s priorities are so warped and out of touch with reality, that it would rather spend money on woke causes than reducing rates for locals.
City of Port Phillip forks out about $180,000 every year on its Pride March through Fitzroy Street.
In 2017, The council splashed $13 million towards Australia’s first Pride Centre – a hub for the LGBTI community.