This week Kevin Markwell, one of the Hunter GLBT community leaders, is moving to live and work in the Northern Rivers -¦ our loss and their gain.

Through his time as male convenor and in other roles in Rainbow Visions, the Newcastle-based GLBT organisation, Kevin’s skilled use of humour and intelligent articulation of all that the Hunter GLBT community has to celebrate have been a mark of his leadership of local same-sex attracted women, men and transgender people.

His tireless efforts and can do attitude have contributed to the success of many events such as the annual Rainbow Festival, movie nights, dinners, walks, tours, bus trips, dances, forums as well as the first GLBT calendar Rouse.

Kevin’s friendly and consistently clear way of communicating has resulted in the establishment of Rainbow Visions as an integral cornerstone of GLBT community life in and around Newcastle. We want to pay tribute to Kevin’s and his partner Steve’s substantial contribution to our local GLBT life and wish them well in their new ventures up north.

Even with this departure, the community activities continue north of the Harbour Bridge. Anzac Day arvo sees that popular community event, the annual barbie and Two-Up gathering, at the Gateway Hotel, Newcastle. Drop in from 1pm.

At the Gateway on Thursday 1 May -“ something a little different (but very important to know) -“ the Office of the Public Guardian will be running an information session on how individuals and same-sex couples can plan for our future by appointing an enduring guardian. RSVP to ACON on 4927 6808 by 29 April.

On Saturday 26 April Coastal Castaways have a dance at Lakeside Caf?Tiona Park. And on the same weekend the Wimmin’s Festival is being held at Dondinalong (via Kempsey). Call ACON MNC on 6584 0943 for information.


If you want any information about groups, services, organisations or community events taking place in the Hunter, New England, MNC or Central Coast contact ACON Hunter/MNC on 4927 6808 or email
Sean O’Rourke is the Education and Community Development Officer at ACON’s Hunter/MNC Branch.

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