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The Aboriginal Flag is now flying from the roof of Whyalla City Council’s Civic Building.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

The city recently developed its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which became ‘live’ in early December after receiving formal endorsement from Reconciliation Australia.

One of the actions within the Reconciliation Action Plan is to review the current flag and banner policy, with particular emphasis as to Aboriginal Flag protocol.

A number of formal processes had to be worked through which resulted in Council revoking the previous Flag and Banner policy and replacing it with a new Flag Directive.

This new Directive recognises the significance in the symbolism associated with the flying of flags as a representation of National, State, cultural and corporate identity.

Whilst ensuring that correct flag protocol is observed across the city, it also had the effect of formalising the act of flying the Aboriginal Flag from the top of Council’s Civic Building.

Mayor Clare McLaughlin and Cr Tamy Pond, who were both key drivers of the development of the Reconciliation Action Plan, were extremely happy to see the Aboriginal Flag proudly flying from the top of the Council building today.

Mayor McLaughlin said that flying the Aboriginal Flag is a significant way for Council to demonstrate respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which the city of Whyalla is built.

“Reconciliation is about human connection, mutual respect, and moving forward together in shared understanding.  I believe that flying the Aboriginal Flag on a permanent basis from Council’s Civic Building is also an action which is in line with community expectations” Mayor McLaughlin said.

The Aboriginal Flag will also take the place of the State Flag of South Australia at Flinders Frecycinet Lookout during Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June this year).

Please follow this link to view the Reconciliation Action Plan:

https://www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/RAP

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