SHIRE of Mundaring will fly the Aboriginal flag year-round as a sign of respect for the traditional owners of the land.
Shire president John Daw said the flag would fly next to the Australian flag.
“This is an important way for our Shire’s community to show respect for the traditional owners of this land, the Noongar people, and for all Aboriginal Australians,” Cr Daw said.
The three parts of the flag symbolically represent the Aboriginal people of Australia, their spiritual connection to the red earth, and the sun as the giver of life.
Until now, the Shire displayed the Australian flag and its own Mundaring flag on two flagpoles at the administration building on Great Eastern Highway.
Cr Daw said historically the Mundaring flag had been swapped for the Aboriginal flag on occasions such as Naidoc Week as a sign of respect.
“Council proudly acknowledges the rich history of Mundaring which, like many places in Perth, got its name from the local Aboriginal language.”
Mundaring is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘a high place on a high place’ or ‘the place of the grass tree leaves’.