Deborah Mills, the newly appointed Oxford St cultural quarter coordinator, will make her first official presentation at the City of Sydney’s next GLBT Community Forum on Monday July 21.

Mills comes from a strong background in government, including a stint as the director of the Australia Council’s Community and Cultural Development Board. She has been employed to develop a plan and budget for the re-vitalisation of Oxford St as one of the shining new entertainment quarters to be developed throughout the City of Sydney. As part of her research Mills has looked into the GLBT history of the area and is keen to hear more from people on Monday night.

The forum will also feature pre-sentations from other key people from the City of Sydney including GLBT project coordinator Pip Ditzell (pictured), events manager Michael Abbott, social policy manager Suzie Mathews and Kiersten Fishburn, who is responsible for the City of Sydney’s grants and sponsorship program.

The night will also provide an opportunity for the council to officially congratulate the Bobby Goldmsith Foundation and the Sydney Convicts rugby group on their recent achievements as well as provide leaders from the community with a chance to raise concerns and ideas for the future of Oxford St.

At the previous forum, held in April, the city started the hard sell of its plans to revitalise Oxford St. Instead, the forum was dominated by discussion around the precinct’s safety for the gay and lesbian community.

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