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Dubbo Opportunity Hub – DHUB, along with our friends at Orana Mid-Western Police District, recently came together as a community in support of the upcoming Mardi Gras celebrations.
DHUB participants from Dubbo College Delroy Campus and Orana Mid-Western Police Force GLLO’s (Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officers) collaborated to redecorate Dubbo Police Station’s entrance.
This event involved meeting at the front of the station to brighten the wall, which included the Pride flag in full colour. Participants and passers-by could paint their handprints to add to the collection of those showing solidarity, as pictured below.
Local police representatives even prepared a sausage sizzle for those who attended. Every opportunity was taken to capture the positivity and community spirit of the day.
This effort aimed to celebrate the ‘United We Shine‘ themed festivities for Mardi Gras, running from February 18th to March 6th. This collaboration for the mural was to show support for the LGBTQIA+ communities around us, and start conversations around what it looks like to be inclusive towards members within our local area.
“Involving our youth in Dubbo starts those conversations around inclusiveness, and educates our community that although each individual is unique, together , we are strong.”
Caroline Dallinger, Bamara DHUB.
DHUB and Bamara supports members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and our doors will always be open to offer a friendly face to all we meet.
Thank you to everyone who supported the event in preparation and attendance, and to Orana Mid-Western Police District and Dubbo Police Station for providing the canvas for this beautiful mural.
As part of the NSW Government’s OCHRE initiative (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment), Bamara will lead the work of the Dubbo Opportunity Hub (DHUB), a program for Aboriginal students in Dubbo and Wellington focusing on transitioning from education to careers and employment.