Kyabram Free Press

Flying the flag for equality

- By Max Stainkamph

It may not have been a huge item on Campaspe Shire Council’s agenda for its meeting last Wednesday, but for some it’s a much bigger deal than expected.

Council passed a flag-raising policy, which gives guidelines for when it can raise special flags such as the rainbow flag, United Nations flags and orange and black refugee flag.

It also gives community members the chance to apply to council for a flag to be flown in line with a holiday or recognised occasion.

Chair of Goulburn Valley Pride Deb Chumbley spoke at the meeting asking council to pass the policy, which it did unanimousl­y.

She said it would provide people of minorities the chance to be recognised and feel like they were seen, as well as giving scope for other minority groups to have themselves represente­d at council facilities across the shire.

“Flying the flag is the way for council to show we are seen and a vibrant part of our community,” she said.

“It provides hope we’re providing a better future for our children and grandchild­ren to thrive in.”

She said it would have a big impact on communitie­s across the shire and begin conversati­ons that could help make people feel more comfortabl­e being themselves.

“It’s not just for me and other LGBTQI+ people but also people of different minorities, it’s exciting for us,” she said.

She also acknowledg­ed the body of work council had put into the policy.

❝It’s not just for me and other LGBTQI+ people.❞ — Deb Chumbley

 ??  ?? Deb Chumbley with the rainbow flag.
Picture:
Steve Huntley.
Deb Chumbley with the rainbow flag. Picture: Steve Huntley.

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