I am excited by the prospect of an advocacy group that has the LM region in its sights, rather than being Bendigo centric. I think there are lots of opportunities to create networking and community events for the broader region. These are particularly important for smaller communities where members of the queer community might feel isolated, but where the community is not big enough to support a particular event for that community. We could create our own virtual communities, which are then supported by events at smaller townships create more visibility for their queer residents. I think that the more we can create a network across the region the more likely we will be to establish sustainable events. I think it could also help break down barriers between towns, so that queer folk travel more to other towns to support their queer events.
I think that this board, and the funding to support queer leadership, is a great opportunity for us to shape the type of community we want – rather than believing that this can be done for us. We are the only ones who can create the community we want, so it would be exciting to be part of a board that has that as its vision.