Firies are set to fly the flag
Gregory River Brigade proud to be Queenslander
OUR region’s dedicated volunteer firefighters stood proud as the Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett this week presented a new Queensland flag to the Gregory River Rural Fire Brigade.
Mr Bennett said it was a privilege to present the rural fire brigade with a new flag, which would make a great addition the their home base.
The rural firefighters provide an essential service in helping keep our community safe.
“It’s nice to be able to show our appreciation of the dedicated firies wherever possible, so when they approached me for a new flag, I was only too happy to assist,” Mr Bennett said.
Mr Bennett encouraged community not-for-profit groups to apply for a free Queensland flag through his office.
“We should be proud of our state and flying the Queensland flag is a great way to show your patronage,” he said.
“Complimentary Queensland flags can be arranged for schools and non-profit groups and other eligible organisations such as sporting clubs, youth organisations and community service groups.
“Over the years I have proudly presented our Queensland flag to numerous local schools, sports clubs, fire bridges and retirement villages.”
For further information regarding to the flag, contact the Burnett Electorate Office on 4111 5100.
History of the Queensland Flag:
The Queensland state flag was first introduced in 1876 when Queensland was a self-governing British colony with its own navy.
In 1865, the Governor of Queensland was informed by the Admiralty in London that the colony’s vessels of war should fly the Blue Ensign (British flag), with the colony’s badge on the stern, and a blue pennant at the masthead. Other vessels in the colony’s service were to fly the same flag, but not the pennant.
At that time, Queensland did not have a badge.
This prompted the submission to London of a proposed badge design.
In 1875, the Governor received drawings of the badges of several colonies from London, which the Admiralty proposed to include in the Admiralty Flag Book.
The Governor was asked to certify that the badge shown for the colony of Queensland was correct.
The badge was composed of a representation of Queen Victoria’s head, facing right, on a blue background and encircled by a white band, with the word Queensland at the top.
The Queensland Government believed at the time it would be too difficult to adequately reproduce the head of the Queen on a flag.
An alternative design was created, a Royal Crown superimposed on a Maltese Cross, was designed and then submitted to London.
In 1876, the Governor was advised that the Admiralty had approved the design and it was then that the present flag was established, and flies proudly in Queensland.
It’s nice to be able to show our appreciation of the dedicated firies wherever possible. — Stephen Bennett
NEW ADDITION: First Officer Rudy Stakenburg, Stephen Bennett MP and secretary David Wilson.