PILA Flag Poles for Fraser Coast
The new Fraser Coast Cultural Centre was established to host community events such as Harmony Day and NAIDOC Week, with an emphasis on indigenous art and culture. Its Flag Station project funded by the Hervey Bay Precinct Partners required three new 7.5m flag poles and according to the Centre’s Cultural Officer, Vanida Petts, PILA was selected “based on value, quality and reviews … (they were) easy to deal with and very helpful.”
Official Australian Flags
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were proclaimed as official flags of Australia in 1995 under section 5 of the Flags Act 1953. When the 3 flags are flown together (same size flags and flag poles), the Australian National Flag is placed on the left as one faces the flag, followed by the Indigenous flags (often, but not officially, in alphabetical order). In The little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia the authors state “we are proud of our identity as Indigenous people and our flags are a widely recognised symbol of it.”
Inaugural Flag Raising Ceremony
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week 2014 was the first official function for the Flag Station and was attended by VIPs including MP’s Keith Pitt and local member Ted Sorenson, Mayor Gerard O’Connell and Fraser Coast Regional Councillors, Lama Choedak Rinpoche, Butchella Elders, as well as the local indigenous community and general public. The event included the Mayor’s morning tea, NAIDOC Award Presentations and Official Flag raising ceremony.
At the NAIDOC Week official function, special guest Buddy Lea, war veteran for NAIDOC theme ‘Serving Country, Centenary and Beyond’, received the official handover of flags for the new Flag Station.
The Flag Station may be used by any of the partners in the precinct for any special occasion. The Cultural Centre is proud to be hosting the Flag Station and manages the flag protocol through the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.
Installing a Flag Station or similar provides a suitable venue to display our official flags, to hold flag raising ceremonies and to honour and acknowledge Australian individuals, groups, and the nation as a whole.The little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia, second edition, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 2008 The Fraser Coast Cultural Centre would like to acknowledge the Hervey Bay Precinct Partners: USQ, Hervey Bay Community Centre, Condy Park, Fraser Coast Opportunities and Fraser Coast Regional Council (Hervey Bay Library and Hervey Bay Regional Gallery) Thank you to Fraser Coast Cultural Centre and photographer Alistair Brightman PILA Flag Poles for Fraser Coast