A LANDMARK symbol of the LGBTI community in the heart of Sydney’s Darlinghurst is one step closer to reality with Sydney Council submitting a development application for a giant rainbow flag to be situated on Taylor Square.

The plans show the pole would be situated in the centre of the square (as pictured above in artist’s impression), on the grassed area known as Gilligan’s Island, and would be topped off with a six metre long flag.

At 18m in height the flagpole, which will cost $52,000 to erect, will be taller than either the Courthouse or Kinselas hotels it will stand adjacent to.

Labor councillor Linda Scott welcomed council’s progress on the proposal.

“This will be a powerful symbol of equality in the spiritual home of Sydney’s LGBTI community at Taylor Square,” she said.

“Last year we saw people flood the steps of Town Hall to make a DIY rainbow flag with the message ‘Give us our rainbow flag and equality’.

“I look forward to joining thousands of Sydney’s GLBTI community at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2015 where I hope to see the rainbow flag flying high over the parade.”

In January, Lord Mayor Clover Moore announced that a permanent public artwork would be installed in 2018 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras and to commemorate the past and present efforts of the local LGBTI population.

However, Scott and Liberal councillor Christine Forster criticised the long time frame of the proposed artwork with Forster proposing that a rainbow flag be displayed at the historical heart of Sydney’s LGBTI community in the meantime.

If it gets the green light, the flagpole will overlook the site of the controversial and short loved rainbow crossing that bisected Oxford St in 2013.

Its removal, amid howls of protest, led directly to the DIY Rainbow movement which saw replica crossings, created with chalk, spring up across the globe.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates as many as one-in-five gay men in the country live with two kilometres of Taylor Square.

The development application can be found Sydney Council’s website until July 17.


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