The Aboriginal flag will be a permanent fixture on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the New South Wales government is committing $25 million to install a third flagpole by the end of the year.
Announcing the 2022-23 budget, Prime Minister Dominique Perrottet said the raising of the Aboriginal flag alongside the flags of Australia and the state of New South Wales is an important gesture to help bridge the gap.
“Our indigenous history must be celebrated and acknowledged so that young Australians understand the rich and enduring culture we have here with our past,” Perrottet said on Sunday.
“The permanent installation of the Aboriginal flag on the Sydney Harbor Bridge will do just that and is a continuation of the healing process as part of the broader movement toward reconciliation.”
The height of the flagpole is about 20 meters, the height of a six-story building, the flags require fittings strong enough to withstand all weather conditions.
Transport NSW and Indigenous Affairs will work with key Indigenous stakeholders through the project.
The flag was raised over the bridge in place of the New South Wales flag on January 26.
When Perotette first announced the plan in February, he said he was told it could take up to two years to build the third flagpole, a time frame he says is too long. He said he would “go up there and set it up myself if I had to.”
Meanwhile, the state government has committed $37.9 million to improve pre- and after-school care services and $206 million for a sustainable agriculture program.
Matt Kean, Treasurer of New South Wales, said the landmark plan would reward farmers who voluntarily reduce carbon emissions and protect biodiversity.
This week, the Beirutette government will present its budget for 2022-23.