The Aboriginal flag will permanently fly over the Sydney Harbor Bridge


The Aboriginal flag is to occupy a permanent place of honor atop the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

The New South Wales government is committing $25million to install a third flagpole by the end of the year, with New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet saying the move represents another step on the road to reconciliation.

“Our Indigenous history must be celebrated and recognized so that young Australians understand the rich and enduring culture we have here along with our past,” Mr Perrottet said in a statement on Sunday.

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“The permanent installation of the Aboriginal flag on the Sydney Harbor Bridge will do just that and is a continuation of the healing process as part of a wider movement towards reconciliation.”

The poles are about 20 meters high, like a six-storey building, while the flags require a strong enough attachment to withstand all weather conditions.

Transport for NSW and Indigenous Affairs will work with key Indigenous stakeholders on the project.

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Meanwhile, the state government has also committed $37.9 million to improve before and after school care and $206 million for a sustainable agriculture program.

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean said the historic scheme would reward farmers who voluntarily reduce their carbon emissions and protect biodiversity.

The Perrotet government is due to present its 2022-23 state budget this week.

Mr Perrottet, Treasurer Matt Kean and Planning Minister Anthony Roberts will make a budget announcement in Sydney’s North West later on Sunday morning.

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-with AAP


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