Council supports diversity and acceptance in community

A celebration of diversity and acceptance, particularly for the LGBTIQ community, is being supported by Kempsey Shire Council.

The third annual It’s OK on the Macleay event, hosted by the BAYLIN’S Gift charity, will be held at Riverside Park, Kempsey on Sunday 22 September from 10am to 3pm.

The day will include a barbecue, food stalls, live music, a dog show, a kid’s corner with an inflatable obstacle course, free face painting, stand up paddle boarding and dragon boating.

Rainbow merchandise and LGBTIQ resource books for parents, kids and teens will also be for sale and $500 worth of books will be donated by BAYLIN’S Gift to Kempsey Shire Library.

Council’s General Manager, Craig Milburn, said Council was proud to be one of the event’s sponsors this year.

“I encourage residents to come along and support the day and to take the time to talk with one another about how to make our community more inclusive, accepting and diverse.”

BAYLIN’s Gift founder, Hayley Hoskins, said the event was for the whole community.

‘Even if you don’t have anyone in your immediate family or friendship circle that identifies with the LGBTIQ community, it’s important for everyone to feel accepted and that being different is OK,” she said.

“I’m so proud of our local Council for supporting the event. I can’t explain what this means to me and the charity. For Council to come onboard means that we are moving forward and that can only mean great things for our community.”

BAYLIN’S Gift founder Hayley Hoskins, It’s OK on the Macleay committee members, Council’s general manager, Craig Milburn and Council staff. Council installed 16 event banners along Smith Street ahead of the third annual It’s OK on the Macleay event.

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