North Burnett Regional Council is set to fly the Aboriginal flag for the first time next week.
North Burnett Regional Council is set to fly the Aboriginal flag for the first time next week. Alistair Brightman

North Burnett Council to raise the Aboriginal flag

NORTH Burnett Regional Council will raise the Aboriginal flag for the first time at a Ban Ban Springs community meeting at the Gayndah Council Chambers on October 4.

Council CEO Mark Pitt said the council changed the protocol earlier this year.

"We've only just got the extra flag poll erected," he said.

"Before that protocol, council has always flown the national, Queensland and council flag.

"With the election of the new council from March, they thought it was appropriate to have the Aboriginal flag flying out the front.

"We got a local company to make the flag pole."

He said council thought it would be appropriate to wait until the Ban Ban Springs public meeting to raise the flag.

"The Ban Ban area is of special significance for the Wakka Wakka people," Mr Pitt said.

 

"We've often flown it for NAIDOC and other special occasions, now it will become a permanent fixture out the front of the chambers.

Mr Pitt said the council is looked into flying the flags in other towns.

"The RM Williams Centre in Eidsvold flies the Aboriginal flag permanently," he said.

"Gayndah is the registered public office for council, so it's the first one to be done permanently.

"We will have a look at other council offices as time and resources permit."


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