A permanent flag pole has been unveiled by management at the Bremer Waters Retirement Village, John Goyen, after resident Peter Madden erected his own controversial flag pole.
A permanent flag pole has been unveiled by management at the Bremer Waters Retirement Village, John Goyen, after resident Peter Madden erected his own controversial flag pole. Sarah Harvey

Flag flutters after patriotic flap

AN IPSWICH retirement resort that stopped a resident from flying the Australian flag on his property yesterday unveiled a permanent new flag pole for the whole village.

Management at the Bremer Waters retirement resort put the flag pole up at the Moores Pocket Rd site as a compromise with resident Peter Madden.

In April this year Mr Madden made headlines when he complained that management had told him to take down a flag pole he had put up on his property.

Mr Madden, whose home and many others in the village were severely damaged by January’s floods, said he put the flag pole up to help lift the spirits of other residents in his street.

Manager John Goyen at the time said they had no problem with flying the flag itself, just with the safety of the flag pole.

But after many discussions the management team decided to erect a permanent flag pole and yesterday a ceremony was held at the site to mark its arrival.

Mr Madden said while he’d still like to be able to his own flag pole to fly the flag daily, he was happy to see the new flag pole go up.

“Overall we’re pretty happy with it,” Mr Madden said.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Ipswich RSL Services Club vice president Bob Green both attended and spoke at the ceremony yesterday.

Cr Pisasale said that another flag pole would be put up there by council for an Ipswich flag and a monument put in place for services like Anzac Day.

Mr Goyen said the Australian flag would be flown on special days and events.

“This is a great day for Bremer Waters,” Mr Goyen said.

“The issue is resolved now and everything has worked out in the best possible way.”

He said the Bremer Waters community was in better shape now compared to six months ago.

“As a community we have come back very strong.

"People are getting back into their houses,” he said.

Mr Madden said he was still taking his original complaint to a tribunal.



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