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Sydney’s Inner West Council has replaced the state flag with the Aboriginal flag in four places

It took campaigner Kamilaroi Cheree Toka five years to see results from the NSW government after years of lobbying. She wanted to see the Aboriginal flag flown over the Sydney Harbor Bridge all year round, but the state government claimed flag protocols prevented her from flying instead of the NSW flag.

In February, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet finally agreed to raise the flag every day. write for Large format, Toka said: “The Aboriginal flag is a source of pride, and its colors represent 60,000 years of continuous culture and over 250 distinct language groups. To me, this represents the real Australia and the rich culture of our first people, which still thrives today.

The New South Wales government said it would take between six months and three years to erect a third flagpole to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag alongside the flags of New South Wales and Australia.

Sydney’s Inner West Council, which has now replaced the state flag with the Aboriginal flag, looks even better in four places in the council area: at Loyalty Square in Balmain, Balmain Town Hall, Summer Hill plaza and in Enmore Park.

“We have tested this and there is no legal or statutory requirement – just outdated convention,” Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne said in a statement. “The next step is to install additional flagpoles wherever necessary so that the Aboriginal flag flies alongside the Australian flag in every council building in the western interior.

“We seek to set a positive example for state and federal governments to follow our lead.”

Toka, who lives in Dulwich Hill in the mid-west, thanked the local council for supporting her campaign from the beginning. She was asked to hoist the Aboriginal flag at Summer Hill, and she expressed her wish that all Australian councils follow suit.

“The Australian and Aboriginal flag should be equally present at all times,” she said. Large format. “I believe that if this easy call to action is not implemented in 2022, then their Indigenous procurement policies and reconciliation action plans are null and void. More importantly, if they have First Nations staff and they are not proudly represented by flying the flag, then in my opinion the board is just ticking boxes.

“It’s also a powerful reminder that we still have a lot of work to do on reconciliation,” Councilor Mat Howard said in a statement. The Inner West Council has announced that it is also incorporating the Heart Uluru Statement into the council’s Community Strategic Plan.