Di­ver­sity in full flight as Billy’s flag fame spreads wider

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - JA­NINE WAT­SON Ja­nine.Wat­[email protected]­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

EV­ERY Fri­day Woopi res­i­dents look to the sky to see what Billy Flicker has in store.

If it’s any­thing too rad­i­cal or a break in pro­to­col, he lets Fed­eral Mem­ber Kevin Ho­gan know be­fore­hand (Wool­go­olga is in the Page elec­torate).

“It’s a fed­er­ally funded flag pole so I let him know – he’s the one who’s go­ing to cop the flak,” Billy laughed.

For al­most three years he’s been fly­ing a weird and won­der­ful ar­ray of flags on the town’s flag pole in the main street.

One choice he thought wor­thy of a warn­ing to the MP was three pi­rate flags for the week of In­ter­na­tional Talk Like a Pi­rate Day in Septem­ber.

Mostly he flies the Aus­tralian and Abo­rig­i­nal flag along with a third to sur­prise and, in the ma­jor­ity of cases, de­light passers-by.

He does it to spread joy and un­der­stand­ing in a town he loves. Three years ago, the van he was liv­ing in was torched and the com­mu­nity ral­lied to raise funds for a re­place­ment.

“It’s my way of putting some­thing small back into the town – it’s a very com­mu­nity minded and lov­ing place. I just love it up here.”

He gets all kinds of re­quests and is on the look­out for a Pa­pua New Guinea flag.

“It’s a com­mu­nity pole, it’s a learn­ing thing and to rep­re­sent all groups. If peo­ple want it, I’ll fly it.”

Photo: TREVOR VEALE

CON­VER­SA­TION STARTER: Billy Flicker from Wool­go­olga with just one of his flags.

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