Torres Strait Islander flag flying at City of Rockingham

13/01/2016

On Monday, 4 January 2016 the Torres Strait Islander Flag was raised outside the Administration building by indigenous Commonwealth Games athlete Shannon McCann.

“Flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags is the result of significant collaboration and consultation with the local Aboriginal community” said City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels. “It is part of our Reconciliation Action Plan and engages with the community, especially the Aboriginal people living within the City of Rockingham.”Preview

The symbolism of the flag represents key elements of the Torres Strait Island culture:
• the two green lines represent the mainland of Australia and Papua New Guinea.
• the blue is the blue of Torres Strait Island waters.
• the black lines represent the people of the Torres Strait.
• the central symbol is the Dhari, the ceremonial headdress of the Torres Strait Islands.
• the five-pointed star represents the five major Island groups of the Torres Strait as well as sea-faring navigation.
• white represents peace.

In 1992 the flag was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and given equal prominence with the Australian Aboriginal Flag.

Ms McCann is an Indigenous Australian born in North Queensland. She regularly works in remote communities in her role as Athletics Australia "Athletics for the Outback" Ambassador. As well as winning numerous state and national championship titles she is also a WA State Record Holder and six time Australian representative, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Torres Strait Islander flag will be flown during the first week of every month, and the Aboriginal flag will be flown during the remainder of each month.

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