NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced the Aboriginal flag will permanently fly on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by the end of this year. There will be $25 million allocated in the Budget for the installation.
Currently, the Australian flag and the NSW state flag are permanent fixtures, with the Aboriginal flag replacing the NSW state flag for 19 days per year, including on 26 January and during NAIDOC Week.
In a statement today, Perrottet acknowledged the flag as an “important gesture”. He added: “Our Indigenous history should be celebrated and acknowledged so young Australians understand the rich and enduring culture that we have here with our past.”
An online campaign to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag on top of the Harbour Bridge was launched five years ago by Kamilaroi woman Cheree Toka, with her online petition signed by more than 177,000 people.