Diversity in full flight as Billy’s flag fame spreads wider
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.”
CONVERSATION STARTER: Billy Flicker from Woolgoolga with just one of his flags.