Fly­ing flag for re­spect

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - TRIS­TAN WHEELER

Bridgetown-Green­bushes Shire Coun­cil will cel­e­brate the in­stal­la­tion of two ex­tra flag poles on Sun­day, one for the Indige­nous flag and one for the State flag.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, a Wel­come to Coun­try will be per­formed by elders San­dra Hill and Wayne Webb at 1pm.

Bridgetown-Green­bushes Shire Coun­cil will cel­e­brate the in­stal­la­tion of two ex­tra flag poles on Sun­day, one for the Indige­nous flag and one for the State flag.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, a wel­come to coun­try will be per­formed by elders San­dra Hill and Wayne Webb at 1pm, fol­lowed by the rais­ing of the Indige­nous flag.

The in­stal­la­tion of the flag poles will be fol­lowed by a Gina Wil­liams and Guy Ghouse con­cert in the town hall at 3pm.

Mrs Wil­liams and Mr Ghouse per­form their songs in the Noon­gar lan­guage.

The day’s theme is Dand­joo Koor­liny, a Noon­gar phrase which trans­lates to walk­ing or mov­ing to­gether.

Bridgetown’s Djid­jilup Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Group helped to or­gan­ise the event, along­side the coun­cil and San­dra Hill.

Group spokes­woman Norma Schultz said she hoped the event would be the first of many in Bridgetown that cel­e­brated Noon­gar cul­ture.

“It prom­ises to be a won­der­ful event, with a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back from the com­mu­nity and most tick­ets al­ready booked out,” she said.

Ms Schultz said the goal of the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion group was to pro­vide a plat­form for Indige­nous voices, es­pe­cially Noon­gar voices.

“The first step has to be recog­ni­tion and ac­knowl­edge­ment that this is their coun­try,” she said.

“Bridgetown and the Black­wood River is a sig­nif­i­cant place with Indige­nous his­tory.”

In the lead up to the day, Bridgetown busi­ness own­ers have placed Indige­nous flags made by stu­dents from the lo­cal pri­mary schools in their win­dows.

Su Berghuis-Garde from Tinkahill said dis­play­ing the art­work was part of pro­mot­ing the event.

“The crazi­ness of the world is mak­ing a lot of us dig a lot deeper and re­flect on our part in be­ing silent I think, so it is re­ally im­por­tant to add what­ever sup­port we can to bring other peo­ple’s re­al­i­ties into the aware­ness of the pub­lic,” she said.

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