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SOME people living in a regional town would
say that they have never met a gay or transsex-
But the Commissioner for Sexual and Gender
Equality, Ro Allen, says that most people have met
an LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
and/or Intersex) person; they just didn’t know it.
The State Government is running the LGBTI
rural roadshow, providing a series of work-
shops, roundtable discussions and events
around rural and regional Victoria.
As part of the roadshow, Ms Allen is working
hard to break through the false perception that
LGBTI issues are only an issue for city people.
The roadshow stopped at Wonthaggi on
Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24,
having toured through Morwell and Bairnsdale
earlier in the week.
“Some people say to me that they’ve never
met a gay or lesbian person. They absolutely
have, you just didn’t know it,” Ms Allen said.
“My job is to make Victoria a safer place for
LGBTI people. Today we’re doing that by getting
out onto the road in the police commissioner’s
bus, and visiting 20 rural towns across Victoria.
“This week is Gippsland’s week. Wonthaggi is
particularly important, because we’ve brought
a transgender woman, Sally, with us.
“She lives in Wonthaggi, and she wants to be
a part of the roadshow, and to make Wonthaggi
a bit more aware of the issues that she’s faced.
It’s exciting and nervous for her to come back
Ms Allen said that there is a specific set of
challenges and issues that affect the LGBTI
community more than others, especially in ru-
Everything from a lack of education in the
medical field about LGBTI issues, the absence
of resources, to alienation and isolation from
the rest of society affects LGBTI individuals on
a daily basis.
“This is not an outside issue. This is abso -
lutely here in Wonthaggi,” Ms Allen said.
“But I haven’t met a rural community yet that
wants their young people to leave town. One of the
reasons that they do leave, asides from career and
job opportunities, is because they don’t feel safe.
“If we can make sure at least that they feel
welcome, they can be supported enough to
want to stay in town.
“There are just too many stories of young peo-
ple who leave town because of their sexuality.”
The rural roadshow provides an opportunity
for local people and community groups to come
together and network, as well as attend work-
shops and events designed to raise awareness
of LGBTI issues in rural remote communities.
Attending the workshops last Thursday and
Friday were a vast array of local service pro-
viders, including police officers, youth officers
from the YMCA, and other key organisations
within Bass Coast and South Gippsland.
Ms Allen said that the roadshows were being
rolled out across Victoria, and to rural commu-
nities in particular, to raise awareness and to
educate people about LGBTI specific issues.
“I get asked a fair bit, is rural Victoria more
homophobic and transphobic than other ar-
eas?” Ms Allen said.
“No, it’s just we don’t have the openness to
have the conversations. This is about aware-
ness. Rural towns aren’t homophobic at all,
there’s just not the awareness or the spaces to
have the conversations.
“One of the best things you can do to be more
aware is to not always make assumptions about
an individual’s sexuality. Use of language is also
really important, like simple things such as not
always assuming that a person is straight.”
The LGBTI rural roadshow will continue to
tour Victoria in the coming weeks, in an effort
to create a more inclusive environment for all
people in all areas of Australia.
For more information, visit the website at
Commissioner for Sexual and Gender Equality, Ro Allen, chatted with Wonthaggi’s Sally Con-
ning at the rural equality roadshow on Thursday, March 23. ms011317
AS PART of the LGBTI rural roadshow, local
transgender woman Sally Conning stepped up
and offered to tell her story.
Having lived with a huge secret all her life, Sal-
ly came out as transgender at the age of 58, after
years of living an isolated and lonely life.
She told her story to those attending last
week’s rural roadshow workshops, in an effort
to educate the community about the reality of liv-
ing in a small town whilst grappling with one’s
sexual and gender identity.
“I came to Wonthaggi 10 years ago, just as a
person who had a huge secret,” Sally said.
“I started working and living in town, working
in aged care across the shire.
“I always had this thing in me. I was sitting at
home, lonely, drinking too much and thinking
Sally knew of a support group based in Mel-
bourne, and so she made contact with them,
seeking support and assistance.
“Unfortunately there aren’t any support
groups for the LGBTI community down here,”
“So I went to Melbourne. I’m nearly 66, and I
came out in public for the first time ever at aged 58.”
The Melbourne-based support group gave
Sally the support and confidence she needed to
start living her authentic life.
“They held my hand, and gave me the confi-
dence to express myself; the feminine side of
myself,” Sally said.
“All of a sudden, I started feeling at ease, and
relaxed. After a couple of years of this, I started
feeling that this is who I really should be.
“Living down here, I was fearful, I guess. I was
going to Melbourne a lot to socialise, still living
in Wonthaggi in fear.
“One day I decided, I’ve got to find out for
myself. I put my toe in the water, and I boldly
walked into the bank. I was treated fairly well, as
nervous as I was.”
Two years ago, Sally made the biggest decision
of her life; to live authentically as Sally, all the
“I’ve been on hormone therapy for five years,
and I’m happy where I am,” Sally said.
“When I retired, I legally changed my name to
“I’m now happy, and all the people I worked
with now know, and they’re happy for me. People
in town who knew me are happy for me.”
Sally said that she is not the only LGBTI per-
son living with, and struggling with, their gender
and sexual identity.
“I know of others,” Sally said.
“I’m here to make these people more aware of
our issues and importantly our needs. I’ve got
the perfect vehicle with this roadshow to do it.
“It’s been awesome and incredible.”
THE site of the former Isle of Wight pub at
Cowes has finally been sold, after seven years
Melbourne aged care provider John Matthies
has reportedly purchased the land for a specu-
lated figure of more than $10 million.
The hotel burnt down in May 2010 and has
been left vacant since, and has been labelled an
eyesore by the local community.
The 8625sqm site is arguably Phillip Island’s
best land with perfect ocean views, situated op-
posite the Cowes jetty and close to the main
Mr Matthies also owns Banfields Aged Care,
after he purchased the Banfields Cinema land
and redeveloped the site.
The site of the former Isle of Wight hotel at Cowes had reportedly been sold to Melbourne
aged care provider John Matthies, for a speculated figure of more than $10 million.
Isle of Wight land sold
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