A Greens motion of congratulations for the outstanding work of the LGBTIQ community group Tropical Fruits was supported yesterday in the New South Wales Legislative Council.
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann said that as a regular visitor to the region, it’s clear the benefits to the community are huge.
“Tropical Fruits’ work in providing support to young LGBTQI people through support, mentoring, education and celebration makes a big difference to people who unfortunately can still experience marginalisation and discrimination,” Ms Faehrmann said.
“Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve festival attracts thousands of visitors to the region each year contributing millions of dollars to the local economy.
“I’m proud that the Legislative Council supported my motion to congratulate Tropical Fruits for the fantastic work they do.
“The Northern Rivers is home to a wonderfully diverse and welcoming community. This is in no small part thanks to the work of groups like Tropical Fruits.
“I am very much looking forward to joining in the party myself this New Year’s Eve,” said Ms Faehrmann.
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Full text of Ms Faehrmann’s notice of Motion:
Ms. FAEHRMANN says—
I give notice that on the next sitting day I will move:
1.That this House notes that:
(a) The Tropical Fruits Inc, established in 1988, is the premier LGBTIQ community group in the Northern Rivers in NSW. They are a not-for-profit, incorporated association that holds regular events for diverse members and guests. They are a self-funding, independent and voluntary organisation.
(b) Fresh Fruits is an initiative of the Tropical Fruits Inc and is supported by ACON Northern Rivers and Headspace Lismore. The group aims to provide support for LGBTIQ young people through social support, education programs, mentoring and community awareness initiatives;
(c) Tropical Fruits New Year's Eve Festival brings thousands of visitors and tens of millions of dollars to Lismore and surrounding areas and;
(i) is kicked off by a parade through Lismore City which is an opportunity for bonds to be formed between the LGBTIQ community and the larger community;
(ii) sees thousands of hours from hundreds of volunteers help create one of the safest and most profitable community events in this state;
(iii) is an event that attracts national and international visitors to the Lismore area during an otherwise quiet time for local businesses.
2. That this House congratulates Tropical Fruits Inc for its inspiring work supporting the diverse and inclusive Northern Rivers community.