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Council is working hard to promote inclusion for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) communities.

The Inner West occupies a central place in Australia’s LGBTIQ history.

All three of the former Council’s that comprise the Inner West (Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville) endorse support for marriage equality and engage LGBTIQ communities in events and consultations such as the Feel the Love Mardi Gras Reception, Wear It Purple Day and an annual forum. Rainbow flags are raised every year to show support for diversity and the benefits it brings to the local community.

Inner West Council is made up of communities where there is a strong spirit of cooperation, trust and pride.

Check back on this page shortly to find out more about our past, our present and our future.

LGBTIQ over 55s

Feel The Love



Library Collections


LGBTIQ over 55s

Your Brain Matters

Join this interesting presentation by Paddye Parnell, Brain Health Awareness Partners Projects Officer, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW

Topics will include: How the brain works
Memory and thinking changes with age
What is (and what is not) dementia?
Five simple steps to maximise your brain health – including some brain games

When: Monday 3 April 2017, 10:00am (for 10:30am start) - 12:00pm.
Venue: Community Room, Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown (near Parramatta Rd
with entrance opposite 56 Mallet St)
For more information please call 9335 2143 or register now on Eventbrite.


Feel The Love

Inner West Council proudly supports the diversity of our LGBTIQ Community.Mardi Gras Heart

Each year Council recognises and celebrates the month of Mardi Gras through our fabulous Mardi Gras Reception in February, Feel the Love.

Council also proudly opens the month of Mardi Gras by raising rainbow flags and banners on Balmain Town Hall, Ashfield Civic Centre and Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.

2017 marks the fifth annual Feel the Love Reception, organised in partnership with the Inner West Council LGBTIQ Working Group.

Feel the Love Inner West 2017, themed ‘Get Connected’ aims to unite all of the LGBTIQ Communities from the former Council areas of Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield.  Our celebrations will include drawing as many Inner West services and organisations (of all shapes and sizes) as possible to be a part of a collective ‘Get Connected Expo’ at the event.

 Get Connected Expo:

  • Please send us the linked form ASAP if you are interested in sharing a space/stall at our Feel the Love Inner West ‘Get Connected Expo’ - Expression of Interest Form (PDF 137.8KB)
  • Please pass this call out onto any groups, services and or organisations in hobby, recreation, health, education, welfare, lifestyle – any agency providing for our LGBTIQ communities.

Event Details:

Feel the Love Inner West 2017
Thursday 16 February 2017
7pm – 9pm
Petersham Town Hall
107 Crystal Street
Petersham NSW 2049

Bookings are essential. Please register as a guest click here 

Get Connected Expo Expression of Interest Form
click here  (PDF 137.8KB)(PDF 137.8KB)

Official Rainbow Flag Raising Breakfast
Friday 17 February 2017
Balmain Town Hall
370 Darling Street
Balmain NSW 2041

Bookings are essential. Please register as a guest click here

Please join us to celebrate our amazing new community!

For further information, please contact Council’s Community Project Consultant, Josie Leeson at


WelcometoBreastivilleFlyerA Breast Cancer awareness event for LBQ Women created by ACON’s #TalkTouchTest campaign, Cancer Institute of NSW and Breastscreen NSW. It is taking place on Feb 25 at Marrickville Town Hall and is a free community event – with free mammograms for anyone over 50.

Click here to register on Eventbrite
This event is supported by Inner West Council through a 2016 Community Grant.






Members of the LGBTIQ communities have come together to discuss emerging issues and talk about local initiatives.  This has provided an opportunity for the local LGBTIQ community to contribute their ideas and views into Council's decision making process.  The next forum will be held in May 2017.

Documents from the previous forum can be accessed through this link:

2014 Forum Report (PDF 1.8MB)

LGBTIQ Library Collections

The Inner West Library service has developed significant collections of LGBTIQ items for our community, including fiction, non-fiction, DVD's and graphic novels.  The collection is aimed at being inclusive with relevant adult non-fiction topics such as:

  • raising gay children
  • being Christian and gay
  • coming out
  • transgender teenagers
  • history of gay and lesbian activism in Australia and the world
  • HIV
  • bullying
  • gay and lesbian marriage guides
  • gay and lesbian parenting guides

For the catalogue, visit the Inner West Council Library page.


Your Say Inner West website
A community engagement hub for you to get involved in important projects that shape the future of the Inner West.





Follow the links below to find contact details and services in your area: