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Sunday, 05 May 2024 09:07

BLACKTOWN MAYOR DIES ON CHINA FLIGHT

THE sudden death of Blacktown City Mayor, Tony Bleasdale OAM, while on a flight home to Sydney from an official visit  to China has shocked the community with tributes flowing for "a great servant of the city"..
 
“The Bleasdale family is shocked as with the many people contacting the council,” Blacktown Deputy Mahyor, Clr Quilkey said.
 
“It has been a shock for everybody here at the council, and many local people are saddened by his death. We are in touch with his family.”
 
Clr Bleasdale, 77, was leading a delegation on official visit to Laiocheng City in the Shandong province of China and Daegu City in South Korea as the countries among Blacktown City’s current Sister Cities.
 
Clr Bleasdale has served NSW’s largest council with more than 400,000 residents since 1996, representing Ward 5.
 
He was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) medal in 2010 for his long years of service to the Blacktown community, his many charity achievements supported and praised by peers and the wider community.
 
He was elected the city’s mayor in 2019 and has been among the esteemed members of the Australian Labor Party.
 
Clr Bleasdale was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom and survived by his wife Nina Bleasdale and their four children.
 
THE NSW Government is seeking applications for a new advisory council designed to improve understanding of issues affecting LGBTIQ+ people across the state.
 
Fulfilling an election commitment, the LGBTIQ+ Advisory Council will provide a mechanism for ongoing community consultation and contribute to the development of a NSW Government LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Strategy.
 
The Advisory Council will provide ongoing advice to the NSW Government as it delivers on a range of initiatives and commitments designed to promote equality and inclusion for LGBTIQ+ communities.
 
These initiatives include:
 
Implementing new legislation to ban LGBTQ+ conversion practices, supporting Qtopia, the permanent home for the LGBTQIA+ museum at the former Darlinghurst police station, through a $6.7M commitment completing a legislative review to improve equality and inclusion for LGBTIQ+ people, and referring a review of the Anti-Discrimination Act to the NSW Law Reform Commission.
 
The 16-person Advisory Council will reflect the diversity of LGBTIQ+ communities in NSW.
 
Applications are being sought from people over 18 years of age with respect, influence and status within LGBTIQ+ communities and a demonstrated commitment to cooperation, inclusion and diversity.
 
People from First Nations, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
 
Applications can be submitted at www.nsw.gov.au/lgbtiq
 
The Minns Government is also establishing a Cross-Portfolio Committee on LGBTIQ+ Issues, bringing together senior government officials with community representatives, that will coordinate efforts across government and enhance collaboration and partnerships.
 
This Committee will work with the Advisory Council to develop a whole of government LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Strategy.
Friday, 26 April 2024 08:36

ANZAC DAY FOR LEGACY

Wendell Sailor leads two-up
ELIZABETH FRIAS
THE families of servicemen and women in conflicts around the world are the beneficiaries of one of the charities run this ANZAC Day across Western Sydney.

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