Firies are set to fly the flag

Gre­gory River Bri­gade proud to be Queens­lan­der

Isis Town and Country - - News Welcome - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

NEW AD­DI­TION: First Of­fi­cer Rudy Stak­en­burg, Stephen Ben­nett MP and sec­re­tary David Wil­son.

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