According to The Australian, around 400 students from seven schools helped to paint a permanent 80 meter rainbow mural on a prominent Victorian police station. The artwork was a collaboration between Merri Health and Moreland City in preparation for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), to be held on May 17.
Victorian Police Community Engagement Acting Inspector, Troy Papworth, said the artwork is “a symbolic way for the community, including police, to show that we’re taking a stance against violence and discrimination. Through the mural, police are also hoping to increase confidence and trust between LGBTI communities and police, and encourage everyone to speak to us if they need help.”
The Victorian Police Media Unit said, “Police across the state will be taking part in rainbow flag raising ceremonies in their local communities to show their commitment to strengthening their relationship with LGBTI communities.”
Fawkner Police Station got the rainbow treatment this afternoon when hundreds of school kids took part in an explosion of colour in celebration and support of LGBTI communities. 🌈 Check out our video of the full, paint-spattered spectacular tomorrow. #IDAHOBIT pic.twitter.com/W2T6Gy1Esj
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) April 30, 2018
— Linda van de Wall (@bnwps_linda) April 30, 2018
I joined police officers from various police stations, students and the fantastic @JustinSmith3AW at Fawkner Police Station for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. The event is to stand up against threats, violence and discrimination. @idahobitau pic.twitter.com/T4pxnz97zO
— Cr Oscar Yildiz JP (@oscaryildiz70) April 30, 2018