A proposal for a new flagpole and Aboriginal flag to be installed in front of the council building in Quirindi has been supported.
Liverpool Plains shire councillors voted five to two at their recent meeting that funds would be allocated for such a project.
Another idea raised was to dedicate a section of the updated library to resources on Indigenous culture.
A letter from Nungaroo Local Aboriginal Lands Council in July had requested the Aboriginal flag be flown next to the Australian flag at the Station Street administration building.
Councillor Virginia Black said she thought it would “help continue the reconciliation process”.
“We include a welcome to country as a part of our monthly council meetings,” she said.
“We honour our Indigenous community at council-hosted events and I think it only right that we take this additional step.”
Councillor Rob Webster said he “would have to be convinced that it would lead to reconciliation”.
“Given we already have NAIDOC Week, Mabo Day and Sorry Day, I really don’t see how new flags or poles would make any difference,” he said.
“An alternative suggestion would be, when the library is updated, to set aside an entire section dedicated to the Aboriginal culture.
“I think that would go a long way to helping the reconciliation process.”
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