Reconciliation efforts in the Southern Highlands have ramped up with the Bundanoon Community Association passing a motion to fly First Nations flags.
Bundanoon has been a hive of activity for reconciliation efforts with an Aboriginal flag presented to the Bundanoon Club, Croquet Club and Bowling club in May 2021.
In October, Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group (WRG) Co-Chair Lee Borradale said he was preparing to submit a proposal to the BCA to support flying First Nations flags on both Anzac and Remembrance Day.
An ex-President of the Bundanoon RSL sub-branch, Mr Borradale has long advocated for greater recognition of Indigenous military service.
The motion was put forward last week at the November meeting and proposed 'thatthe Bundanoon Community Association supports the flying of the First Nations Flag on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day but recognises the decision for flag flying rests with the body responsible for these commemorative events.'
After successfully passing, Mr Borradale put forward the question to various Highlands Facebook groups.
He said he was hopeful a flag would be flown by the sub-branch in 2022 with NSW RSL continuing to work on a protocol for use of First Nations flags.
"In time the RSL will reconsider after they reflect on the huge community support which also had overwhelming support from the Facebook sites of Friends of the Wingecarribee, Highlands Opinion and others," he said.
"The discussion was impressive, thought-provoking whilst displaying mutual respect in word and tone. I was delightfully surprised."
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