Help us build a memorial
Between the 1970s and the 1990s, a wave of violence swept through coastal Sydney and broader NSW, which claimed the lives of many gay men and transgender people. Today, we know many of these people were targeted, assaulted, and murdered by homophobic gangs. Many of these cases remain unsolved.
Waverley Council and ACON have been working together to develop the Bondi Memorial Project. After significant community consultations, we are working towards a public artwork in Marks Park, Bondi to honour victims and survivors of historical LGBT hate crimes.
The Bondi Memorial will be a symbol of healing, justice, hope and inclusion.
NSW Parliamentary Inquiry, Gay and Transgender Hate Crimes 1970 – 2010
Make a submission: http://bit.ly/Have--Your--Say
In search for justice and healing, ACON and NSW Police reviewed a list of 88 gay and transgender hate killings. ACON summarised key findings in their In Pursuit of Truth and Justice Report.
The NSW Parliament acted on these findings by initiating a formal Inquiry in September 2018 to better understand the extent and impact of violence, whether LGBTIQ people in New South Wales were effectively protected and justice delivered, and whether the current response to hate crimes is adequate.
The Inquiry resumed in October 2019 and is currently taking submissions from people community members and anyone else who would like to share their experiences or views. For more information about the Parliamentary Inquiry and how to make a submission, Click Here.
ACON has also produced a guided Historical Walking Tour through Bondi Beach, Mackenzie's Headland and Mark's Park.
The tour provides insight and honours the lives of four gay men who sadly went missing or lost their lives nearby Marks Park.
Tours are held throughout the year. Please see the Get Involved page for more information and to join us on the tour.
Support the project
In order for ACON and Waverly Council to construct the monument, we need to raise more than $50,000.
Please donate now to help us bring honour to the victims of gay and transgender hate crimes, and build a beacon of hope for all victims of prejudice related violence. All donations over AUD$2 are fully tax deductible.