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LEARNING ABOUT COUNTRY AT FLAG PRESENTATION

September 23, 2020

Children in out of school hours care in Kurrajong have had a special lesson on the Aboriginal flag during a presentation by Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman.

 

Uncle Lex travelled from the Blue Mountains to Hawkesbury Community Outreach Services at McMahons Park, Kurrajong, earlier this month to conduct a smoking ceremony on the new flag, which Ms Templeman presented.

 

“Uncle Lex told the children all about the Country on which they were standing, Aboriginal languages of the area, and the importance of looking after Mother Earth and each other,” Ms Templeman said.

 

“He also invited all the children to take part in the smoking ceremony after we had cleansed the flag.

 

“It was very touching watching some of the older children holding the hands of the younger ones as they went through the smoke, while Uncle Lex sang in language.

 

“I was also really impressed with the children’s knowledge of the symbolism of the Aboriginal flag and dreamtime stories.”

 

The centre has a bush tucker and community garden space at the front of the building that features two new flag poles.

 

“The Aboriginal flag will now fly proudly next to the Australian flag outside the centre,” Ms Templeman said.

 

Community organisations that would like to be considered for a new flag should contact Ms Templeman’s office via email [email protected].

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