New street signs are starting to pop up around Newcastle that are part of a national grassroots initiative to show that racism is not welcome within our community.
The #RacismNotWelcome campaign was unanimously resolved by City Of Newcastle, in March, following a Lord Mayoral Minute.
“Newcastle has a long and proud history as a progressive, welcoming city and is officially a Refugee Welcome Zone,” Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said
“We are proud to join this grassroots campaign by erecting #RacismNotWelcome street signage and will continue to send out the powerful message that racism will not be tolerated in our community.”
Campaign ambassador, Craig Foster said the street sign campaign was devised to get to the heart of communities where racism lives.
“The street signs are the physical manifestation of the underlying principle that racism exists, it is real, damaging and deeply harmful to many Australians and that we all have a responsibility to confront it, every day,” the former Socceroos captain said.
“I’d like to thank City of Newcastle for getting behind this important movement by declaring the Newcastle Local Government Area rejects discrimination of all kinds.”
The street signs will be erected all over the city including Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle Interchange, Hunter Stadium and the John Hunter Hospital entrance road.