Does ALSO still have a place in Victoria’s LGBTI community?

Debate around Victoria’s former peak body for the LGBTI community is likely to flare up again as the organisation’s remaining members call on the community for direction.

The foundation’s directors have published an online survey today that is calling on community members for their input.

It asks participants if they feel ALSO still has a place in the community and what areas it should focus on if it continued.

ALSO Foundation board member Wayne Elliott told the Star Observer the survey was a chance for community members to tell the board what they wanted for the organisation’s future.

“I suppose it’s just to give the directors a chance to determine whether it’s time to wind it up or there is a possibility of rejuvenating it and taking it into another direction,” he said.

Elliott said the organisation had already surveyed the community about 18 months ago but this survey would determine whether to wind it down for good.

“I encourage everyone to go onto it and I encourage everyone to be honest, it’s the only way we’re going to be honest with it,” he said.

“The more responses we get, the easier it will be for us to make a decision.” Elliott said the survey results would be available in the coming weeks.

The ALSO Foundation was ‘shelved’ as a business in September this year while the Also Fabulous Opportunity Shop was closed this month.


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