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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be flown on a permanent basis next to the Australian, Victorian and Benalla Rural City Flags after all five are raised together for the first time at the launch of NAIDOC week activities on 3 July.

“The historical flag raising ceremony demonstrates a united Benalla community and shows a strong and ongoing commitment towards recognition and reconciliation,” said Chris Thorne on behalf of the Benalla NAIDOC Week Committee which is coordinating the NAIDOC Week celebrations.

The NAIDOC Committee comprises members of the local Aboriginal community including Mr Thorne, the Council, Primary Care Partnership, MIND Australia, the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Learning Centre and the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The NAIDOC Committee set this project as its highest priority for this year and we were delighted when the Council agreed to fund the installation of two additional flag poles at the Civic Centre. The visual image of the five flags in this central location across the road from the Visitor Information Centre, the Ceramic Mural and Lake Benalla portrays a welcoming environment and most importantly provides a great sense of identity for local and visiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Mr Thorne said.

“Local Aboriginal people have spoken of their emotional ties to the flags and the fact that the flying of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags symbolises acceptance of their identity and makes them feel supported and connected to the broader community. It is a welcoming signal to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are visiting,” Mr Thorne said.

Activities for NAIDOC Week are free and include:
 
Sunday July 3
 Flag Raising Ceremony - 10.30am - Civic Centre, Mair Street
 Guided Tour of Aboriginal Gardens - 11am, Moira Reserve
 Refreshments and family fun activities from 12pm, under Benalla Library
 

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Thursday July 7
 Story time & craft activities  - 2.30pm, Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop Learning Centre
 

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The theme for NAIDOC Week 2016 is Songlines –The living narrative of our nation. NAIDOC Week 2016 will run from 3-10 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people

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