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Flying the Flag

Bruce Butler Kal Miner Tues August 8

Northern Star Resources has approached the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to install a second flag pole at Centennial Park to fly the Aboriginal flag.

The flag pole, which will match the existing flag pole in Centennial Park, could also be the canvas for a community art project.

It is proposed that the community arts project would be held during Term 3 school holidays in September and October to align with existing school holiday activities.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder chief executive John Walker said the council was very excited to be able to work with Northern Star Resources over the implementation of the flag pole project.

“Northern Star have partnered with the City in the past, sponsoring different events including most recently the art prize, and they have been very proactive in initiating this project with the City, and we are hoping to expand on it to create a community art installation that engages our local young people,” he said.

“The City has had preliminary conversations about this project with the Goldfields Land and Sea Council and we are looking forward to working together to create a unique welcome statement for our community.”

Northern Star Resources executive chairman and President of the WA School of Mines Alumni Bill Beament said flying the Aboriginal flag at Centennial Park was a fitting acknowledgement to the Goldfields’ traditional owners and their enduring connection and historical contribution to the region.

Reconciliation WA chief executive James Back said meaningful reconciliation was a team effort.

“It’s all our business,” he said.

“Flying the Aboriginal flag in this manner would be a powerful and substantive symbol for the Goldfields.

“Corporate leadership for reconciliation is much needed and a vital part of the reconciliation process.

“Northern Star and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder should be acknowledged for their contribution.”