Last night the Wingecarribee Shire Council voted to fly the Aboriginal Flag on a third flagpole outside the Wingecarribee Council Chambers, in Moss Vale "on a permanent basis, and in accordance with appropriate flag protocols".
They already fly the National flag, and the Shire's own flag.
Above is the Council's Logo. I cannot be sure that the flag is the same - but this is the only WSC image which appears on the Council's website.
in Moss Vale, NSW.
I was proud to accompany Peter Falk to witness this historic debate and decision.
Clr. Larry Whipper, (a Robertson resident), was the proponent of the motion. He deserves credit for bringing the matter before Council (again). It had been defeated previously, several years ago, apparently. Larry spoke well, and with great significance.
Local councillor Jim Mauger ("Big Jim") (another Robertson resident) lived up to his nick-name, with a moving speech in favour of the motion. He said that he had thought about this issue a lot, over a long time, and had come around to the view that the Aboriginal people had looked after this land for 40, 000 years, and so deserved recognition. For a farmer, who values the spirit of looking after the land, Jim's speech was terrific.
Peter Falk, with whom I was sitting, merely muttered "60,000 years" - but he was more than happy with Jim's sentiments.
Mayor Lewis also spoke with considerable conviction about how, having come to this country from Britain, he had come to realise that the British had treated the Aboriginal people badly. He mentioned having been impressed by the recent Aboriginal Film festival, held in Bowral. That point would no doubt have gratified Dr David Tranter, who was in the Council Chamber tonight, and who was involved with that film festival.
The only Councillors to vote against the motion were Nick Campbell-Jones, and Penny George. Paul Tuddenham spoke against the motion, but it was not clear that he actually voted against it. Perhaps a discreet "abstention"? I could not be absolutely sure.
Anyway, as I said, I was proud to be with Peter Falk, to witness this historic decision.
Congratulations to all the Councillors who voted for it.