FORMER Neighbours star Damien Richardson, who played Gary Canning in the Australian drama series, attended a pro-choice event at Warrnambool's Lake Pertobe on Sunday.
The carols event was held with Mr Richardson and playwright, producer and author Michael Gray Griffith acting as MCs, invited by the event's organiser, Jennifer Lee.
Moyne Shire councillor Jim Doukas also attended.
Mr Doukas told The Standard he attended as a shire resident, not as a councillor because he felt that "people need morale support".
"They're intelligent dedicated people," Mr Doukas said.
"It's not about being being anti-vaccination, it's about pro-choice.
"The right to choose yourself what happens to you."
He said that freedom of speech was a hot topic.
"What they're doing is being Australian: the right to choose to speak up and the right to enjoy yourself and enjoy life," he said.
Mr Doukas said the event was a "good evening considering that the weather turned nasty."
His message to the community was for everyone to enjoy themselves.
"Don't go into panic mode, and enjoy your Christmas because life's good," he said.
For Mr Richardson and Mr Griffith's online show, Café Locked Out, Mr Richardson and Mr Griffith attended events across the state speaking about the state government's vaccine mandates.
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Mr Richardson said the decision to attend was to give strength to people who would otherwise feel isolated or ostracised for their opinions on the state government's policy on vaccinate mandates.
"There's segregation in the community," he said.
"People are being ostracised on something, like a vaccination status, which who would have thought that was possible?"
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