Aboriginal flag to unite communities

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser
Shire of Plantagenet Administration Building.
Camera IconShire of Plantagenet Administration Building. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The Aboriginal flag will now be flown daily at the Shire of Plantagenet offices after a community petition was successful.

From Thursday, May 30, the flag will for the first time be flown at the Lowood Road premises 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The petition was presented to the council last August.

Two new flagpoles have been erected outside the Shire offices — one for the Aboriginal flag and the other for the Shire flag.

A flag-raising ceremony will take place during Reconciliation Week, marking the celebration of the uniting of communities.

Shire president Chris Pavlovich said flying the flag was one small way of bringing the community together. “This is a big part of reconciliation and the acknowledgement of the local Noongar people, who have been here for 40,000 years,” he said.

“I think attitudes of people have probably changed and turned a bit over the last 20 years and we are one nation and community. We need to accept that we come from different backgrounds — not only indigenous, but overseas.

“The majority of council supported the process the whole way and believe it is important for us all.”

The Shire had to build the additional flagpoles and lighting. Mr Pavlovich said although costs had not been finalised, they were estimated to be in the thousands of dollars.

The public ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 30, from 2pm-3pm.

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