A third flagpole will be installed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to give the Aboriginal flag a permanent home.
New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet announced a $25 million commitment to the flagpole project over the weekend, with a deadline for completion by the end of this year.
The $25 million fund injection is a part of $401 million set aside by the Perrottet government for projects focused on Closing the Gap.
It involves the installation of a flagpole 20 metres high as well as the installation of a flag that is nine metres by four-and-a-half metres in size.
The flagpole and the flag must be able to withstand all kinds of weather conditions.
A project to install a flagpole for the Aboriginal flag comes at a time when the newly elected Albanese government is emphasising the need to establish a Voice to the Parliament for First Nations communities.
“Our Indigenous history should be celebrated and acknowledged so young Australians understand the rich and enduring culture that we have here with our past,” Perrottet said.
“Installing the Aboriginal flag permanently on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will do just that and is a continuation of the healing process as part of the broader move towards reconciliation.
“We are making significant investments, adopting new approaches and taking practical steps to Close the Gap and improve outcomes for Aboriginal people across NSW.”
Minister for metropolitan roads Natalie Ward said the bridge is the ideal landmark for the display of the Aboriginal flag.
“Bounded by the Countries of Cammeraygal and Gadigal clan groups, the bridge connects our city, north and south, providing a crucial link to thousands of commuters and sightseers every day,” Ward said.
“This is a momentous occasion in NSW history and whilst installing the third flagpole is complex, I look forward to seeing all three flags flying on the bridge by the end of 2022.”
Both the transport and Aboriginal affairs departments will continue liaising with stakeholders within the Indigenous communities as the project progresses.