FLYING HIGH: Gooreng Gooreng Aboriginal elder Richard Johnson, Rotary Club of South Gladstone director Bruce Hunt and Torres Strait Islander Symeon Marou raise the three flags at Gallipoli Place.
FLYING HIGH: Gooreng Gooreng Aboriginal elder Richard Johnson, Rotary Club of South Gladstone director Bruce Hunt and Torres Strait Islander Symeon Marou raise the three flags at Gallipoli Place. Paul Braven

Gallipoli Place home to new flags for NAIDOC Week

THEY may not seem big, but the three new flags on the corner of Glenlyon St and Dawson Hwy are 2.8 metres long and a $1000 addition to Gallipoli Place.

The Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Australian flags are currently raised at Gallipoli Place near Bob Jane T-Mart, marking NAIDOC Week from July 5 to 12.

The flags were donated by Ken O'Dowd to the Rotary Club of South Gladstone a month ago.

The club wanted to replace the flags with the ones originally installed at the Kin Kora roundabout at Tobruk Memorial.

"Our club did that whole job in 1993 but the flags used to be on a patch of green grass," club director Bruce Hunt said.

"Then there were palm trees and scrub around it and you couldn't see the flags.

"So when the roundabout was removed, we looked at many sites to put the flagpoles."

Gallipoli Place was chosen and named once the three 12-metre poles were erected in March.

The project was funded by a Commonwealth Anzac Centenary grant, Department of Transport and Main Roads and Gladstone Regional Council.

Mr Hunt said the flags would be handy to commemorate different events.

"We put an American flag up on the weekend for the 4th of July and we will change it for Remembrance Day and things like that," he said.

"It's only for special occasions or when we want to make a statement.

"If anybody has a big Queensland flag (for the State of Origin), we would love to use it."

Call Mr Hunt on 0427 725 600 if you have a Maroons flag.



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