In the most Canberran way imaginable, the city has paid tribute to last week’s same-sex marriage postal survey vote with workers completing the city’s first rainbow roundabout.
The painted technicolour roundabout in Braddon was promised by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr to honour the country’s wishes to allow same-sex marriage.
“I think Canberra, as the home of the roundabout, definitely needs a rainbow roundabout in the heart of the city,” he said at the time.
The roundabout was completed one week to the day many Canberrans partied in the same street, after the ACT recorded the highest Yes vote of any state and territory at 74 per cent.
That Wednesday night Canberra dropped its usual love for planning, as bars were rolled out onto Lonsdale Street for a spontaneous party.
But the painting of the roundabout was not without its hiccups. ACT Marriage Equality campaign director Jacob White managed to paint himself in and two missing bricks led to accusations of theft.
The ACT Government said the bricks were missing before painting began and they would be replaced.
Mr Barr, the first openly gay leader of any state or territory, said during the weekend’s Spring Out Pride Parade that the roundabout in Braddon was part of his plan to make Canberra “the most inclusive city in Australia”.
“This is about visibility,” he said.
“I think Canberra’s LGBTIQ community has hidden its light under a bushel a little in recent times.
“So we are going to see a more active and visible community participating, not in only LGBTIQ events, but also having a role in a range of mainstream Canberra events to demonstrate how much this community values inclusion and diversity.”