Festival celebrates diversity

Scarlett showing her support with colourful face paint. 281471_05

By Jamie Salter

Cardinia Shire Council partnered with Proud2Play to host the Parklife IDAHOBIT Movement Festival on Sunday 14 May to help encourage a sense of belonging within the shire.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Jeff Springfield attended the festival and enjoyed the free community event at James Bathe Reserve.

“It was a fun-filled day of sports such as Netball, Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Cricket, Lacrosse, Quidditch, entertainment, face painting, giveaways and food trucks,” Cr Springfield said.

“It was great to see so many members of our rainbow community!

“The event was a celebration of diversity, inclusion, movement and community connection.

“It was a way that we as a council could mark IDAHOBIT day – a time to celebrate our global LGBTIQ+ community and raises awareness for the work still needed to increase acceptance and reduce discrimination.”

He said council supports an inclusive community comprised of people from diverse backgrounds, including and not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, those identifying as LGBTIQ+, people of faith, and people of all ages, genders and abilities.