The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras happened, as it does every year, on the first Saturday in March. At some significant (and, it should be noted, controversial) cost, a pedestrian crossing was painted in Rainbow colours.
It was a apparently a real highlight of the parade:
|Pic from the ABC|
Even before the crossing was installed, it was clear that it was going to be temporary. This is from Clover Moore's personal website, published on 26 February, the week of the festival:
petition to keep the crossing was gathering signatures. At the time of writing, over 15 000 people had signed it.
Notwithstanding that, the crossing is being removed. Why? The below are extracts from a letter (Page 1 and page 2) written by the Roads Minister Duncan Gay in reply to Ms Moore's missive asking that the crossing be retained:
Anyway, the letter goes on to explain more clearly precisely what it is that was observed on the crossing:
Put simply, as long as the crossing was there, people were going to do reckless things on and around it. So much is patently obvious.
The government never promised to retain the crossing - in fact, its removal was a precondition to the installation. And yet, this has been the reward (at least on twitter):