The Aboriginal flag will be flown permanently atop the West Gate Bridge, acknowledging its importance as a symbol of unity, identity and resilience for First Peoples across Victoria.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll and Minister for Treaty and First Peoples Gabrielle Williams today announced the new flag arrangements for the West Gate Bridge with permission from Traditional Owners – signifying Victoria’s commitment to acknowledging and celebrating First Peoples’ history, heritage and culture.
Since 2019, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags have flown on a rotational basis on the West Gate Bridge during Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks. At the end of this year’s NAIDOC week – the final day being this Sunday 10 July – the Aboriginal Flag will remain in place on the bridge.
Work is underway to identify the feasibility and requirements of flying the Torres Strait Islander and Victorian State flags alongside the Aboriginal and Australian flags. This work will take into consideration current flag protocols, as well as the structural, safety and maintenance requirements of the West Gate Bridge.
Located on Bunurong Country, the West Gate Bridge is one of the state’s most important assets, and the flags flown are some of the largest in the country.
The flying of the Aboriginal Flag is another step in recognising and celebrating First Peoples and Traditional Owners as the custodians of the land and waters in Victoria.