South Australia’s LGBTIQ history and community will be put on display with a rainbow walk in the heart of the city.
Mikey Nicholson

27 Apr 2016 - 2:59 PM  UPDATED 27 Apr 2016 - 2:43 PM

The Adelaide CBD will soon feature a prominent rainbow pathway following council approval of the 'Rainbow Walk' project. 

The Adelaide City Council endorsed the permanent display, which will include a timeline to highlight significant South Australian milestones, people and events in the state’s history. 

“Adelaide has a long history of legal, social and cultural innovation and reform, leading the way in celebrating diversity within the community,” Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese said in a statement about the decision.

“In 1975, South Australia made history by becoming the first state in Australia to decriminalise homosexuality under Premier Don Dunstan. Last year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of gay law reform, and we’re proud to celebrate our local LGBTIQ community which, collectively, makes a major contribution to the vibrancy of our city.”

“Using the rainbow colours in a public space… along with flying the rainbow flag from the Town Hall during the Feast Festival, are just two of the ways we can demonstrate our support for and commitment to diversity,” Haese said.

The project, expected to cost $86,000, will receive a final name once completed in time for the city’s LGBTIQ ‘Feast Festival’ and Pride March in October.

Comment: South Australia marks 40 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Penny Wong addressed the 2015 Australian Homosexual Histories Conference in Adelaide on Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in South Australia. This is what she had to say.