Gidarjil Development Corporation spokesperson Kerry Blackman would like to see the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags flown at Buss Park.
Gidarjil Development Corporation spokesperson Kerry Blackman would like to see the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags flown at Buss Park. Max Fleet

Flag decision looming

A DECISION is expected to be made next week regarding what has been a controversial campaign to fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags outside of the council chambers in Buss Park.

At the Bundaberg Regional Council briefing meeting today, a confidential session was held to discuss the endorsement of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA).

The issue came to light in May this year when the NewsMail reported that the Bundaberg NAIDOC committee had requested that council fly the flags year round instead of just during NAIDOC Week.

Currently, the Australian flag is flown in Buss Park while the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are permanently displayed inside the council chambers.

Council stated in May that the ILUA would need to be established to include clauses to address indigenous requests for "special recognition" and "reconciliation initiatives".

Gidarjil managing director Kerry Blackman said the process had been ongoing since the middle of last year.

"We would hope that the council follow the three Rs - respect, recognition and reconciliation - and that they will grow up, mature and move forward with this issue," he said.

"It has been a long time coming, through the lodging application, constant meetings and the rest of the process. We just hope that it has now been made transparent in the ILUA and that we can move forward."

Mr Blackman said he planned to attend the council's general meeting next week if a decision was imminent.

"I will definitely be present to hear the outcome," he said.

The NewsMail tried to contact planning and development officer Cr Ross Sommerfeld but did not get a response.



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