Nillumbik Councillors Say Yes (Privately)


Nillumbik Community Health Centre Eltham

They won’t go on the record, but most Nillumbik councillors are voting YES to marriage equality
Local businesses are getting aboard

Nillumbik Shire Council won’t be taking a public position on the postal survey for marriage equality, issuing a ‘Pontius Pilate’ statement that it is a federal, not a local matter.

However, the stirrer understands from sources close to the council that the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and a majority of councillors will be voting YES.

Which rather begs the question, why do they not have the courage to come out and say so openly? While their votes are welcome (and thank you very much btw), it would be so much more meaningful and impactful if they were to place the weight of their community leadership behind the yes campaign. Disappointing.

Meanwhile volunteers, led by local MP Jenny Macklin and state MP Vicki Ward have been hard at work, running information stalls and providing leaflets and posters.

And the Community Health Centre on Main Road is flying rainbow flags front and rear.


Meanwhile local businesses are also getting on board, thanks to the hard slog of a brilliant straight ally, Peter Veitch. Cheers mate!

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About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)