Senior police liaison officer Michael Bong speaks to the crowd at the NAIDOC Week flag-raising ceremony at Yamanto police station yesterday.
Senior police liaison officer Michael Bong speaks to the crowd at the NAIDOC Week flag-raising ceremony at Yamanto police station yesterday. Rob Williams

Flags go up for NAIDOC

IPSWICH police celebrated their close ties with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community yesterday with a NAIDOC Week-inspired flag-raising ceremony.

Senior indigenous police liaison officer Michael Bong and Ugarapul descendant and elder, Aunty Fawn Locke, joined senior district police including Superintendent Garth Pitman, Inspector Merv Adamson and Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt outside the Yamanto police station, where the green, blue and white flag of the Torres Strait and the black, yellow and red Aboriginal flag took pride of place next to the national flag.

The theme for this year's ceremony was Spirit of the Tent Embassy 40 Years On.

Mr Bong said the theme aimed to celebrate the progress that had been made since Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island elders started the tent embassy in Canberra in 1972.

"NAIDOC Week is an especially important week for police in their efforts to build and maintain a relationship with the ATSI community," he said.

"It also provides us the opportunity to share our culture with all Australians - this is an important part of reconciliation."



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