A late addition in Wangaratta Council's budget of $4000 for the region's rainbow ball has been described as an important way to support the city's LGBT youths.
Wearing a rainbow pin to last night's meeting, Cr Dave Fuller applauded councillors for supporting his request to contribute to the event, which is held in Wodonga and attended by hundreds of people.
He said there had been an "underlying feeling of disapproval" from parts of Wangaratta in the past.
"So it's very warming to see my colleagues support this project for the LGBT community and support those young people who feel like they are not welcome to be themselves," he said.
The 2019-20 budget was unanimously adopted by councillors.
Funding to start rolling out the council's controversial new logo and brand strategy remained in the budget, with the proposal to come back to the July meeting for discussion before a final decision.
Cr Ken Clarke said he had some "frank discussions" with council officers about the spending.
"I am beginning to question the value of North East tourism to our city," he said.
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In talking up big events such as the Ovens and Murray football and netball grand finals, and the A Hitch to the Sticks music festival, Cr Harry Bussell described Wangaratta as a "mecca for major and marquee events".
"Once people can see that Wangarata can successfully host big events, they are keen to come back," he said.
But he made no mention of the Jazz Festival, which has been cancelled for 2019 due to financial concerns.
Mayor Dean Rees described it as a "bold" budget.
"It provides the funding to allow Wangaratta to grow, it also provides a strong spread of spending across all types of residents," he said.
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