Families gathered around the bowling green at The Bundanoon Club this afternoon to witness the presentation and raising of the Aboriginal flag.
The Bundanoon Club, Bundanoon Bowling Club and Bundanoon Croquet Club accepted the flag provided by Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group (WRG) for Reconciliation Week.
Reconciliation Week commences on Thursday, May 27 to commemorate the 1967 referendum which saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote 'yes' to including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the census.
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The referendum laid the foundations for subsequent legislation which was directed towards Indigenous Australians, such as the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Affairs.
WRG project coordinator of gifting the flags under the reconciliation banner Lee Borradale introduced the ceremony.
Mr Borradale then welcomed Gundungarra woman Aunty Trish Levett who delivered an acknowledgement of country in the Gundungarra language.
Aunty Trish and her friend DJohn Mundine conducted a smoking ceremony and placed the smoking vessel at the bottom of the club's flagpole.
"We hope all other clubs come on board," she said at the end of the ceremony.
"It is a massive step forward.
"We have got to work together as one."
Mr Borradale then thanked everyone for being present and acknowledged that all present "took a step towards the future for Australia."
"Today, we deal with the past, present and future," he said.
Bundanoon Club chair member Gus Johnson acknowledged colonialism throughout Australia and their relations with Indigenous Australians.
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He also acknowledged the inequalities Indigenous Australians face such as high incarceration rates, lower education and lower life expectancy.
"We have got to do our own research," Mr Johnson said.
"That's why we are here today. We're simply acknowledging and recognising it as a club."
Chairman Peter Elsemore also spoke about the impact of the flag raising at the club.
"It's a transition when these conservative entities such as a bowling club moves forward and becomes part of the reconciliation process," he said.
Mr Borrodale said he hopes the initiative can be achieved across the Highlands.
Reconciliation Week takes place from May 27 to June 3.
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