The Violet Town police station is the first in Victoria to fly a rainbow flag on a permanent basis, in recognition of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex community.
‘‘Events like this shouldn’t be taken lightly,’’ Violet Town police Leading Senior Constable Pat Storer said.
‘‘It demonstrates inclusiveness for the whole community and aims to strengthen friendships between police and the LGBTI community.’’
Violet Town resident Rowena Allen, who is also Victoria’s Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, said the occasion was quite meaningful for her personally.
‘‘I lived here for 15 years and was the first gay in the village, that I know of, to come out,’’ she said.
‘‘This wasn’t my idea but the community’s and that’s just fantastic because it says to everyone, this is a safe place.’’
A strong crowd turned out for the flag-raising ceremony and while flying the flag was a ‘‘small gesture’’, Ms Allen said it would have a ‘‘profound and significant impact’’.
Ldg Sen Const Storer said he was proud to work at the first station in Victoria to fly the rainbow flag and fully supported the idea when the community approached him.
‘‘When people drive into Violet Town they will see it from the main street,’’ he said.
‘‘I hope it will mean something special to our thriving LGBTI community.’’
Ms Allen is set to continue her rural roadshow today, travelling around Victoria to improve services and support for LGBTI people.