Aboriginal flag to fly

Council unanimously supported the motion put forward by Cr Chris Cornish to install a fourth flagpole, at a cost of $1500, outside the Broun Avenue offices to fly the Aboriginal flag.

The motion also included purchasing Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander desk flags to be displayed in the offices at $50 each.

The decision was made after Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association member Jan Wheare made a recommendation that the City should follow the exmaple set by other State and local government agencies in the interest of a fair go and reconciliation.

Cr Cornish said flying the flag permanently was a symbolic sign of respect for Aboriginal people and their culture.

He said although the City didn�t have a Reconciliation Action Plan, it was in line with moving towards reconciliation and that the City should look into establishing a plan like other local governments.

Mayor Sylvan Albert said that by flying the Aboriginal flag next to the other flags, the City acknowledged the indigenous custodians of the land.

The Town of Bassendean flies both the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander flags.

The City of Stirling flies the flags during Naidoc and Reconciliation weeks and other events significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

As part of the City of Stirling Reconciliation Action Plan, its protocols for flying flags will be reviewed and updated. ��������������

�������Lauren Pilat