Mystery surrounds one of the highlights of the Australia day weekend – the inclusion of two very large Aboriginal flags on either side of the Brunswick River car bridge.
The flags were a hit but no-one seems to know who put them there. They appeared sometime early Saturday, then disappeared again late Monday.
Social media was flooded with photos of the flags from every conceivable angle and everyone had something to say on the subject.
One Facebook commentator said: ‘Met the fellow who put the flags up on the bridge yesterday evening. Said he lived up in Wilson’s Creek. The purpose of the flags was to raise consciousness.’
Another Facebook comment that suggested ‘Coda was the mastermind’ has left most locals none the wiser.
Photographer Michelle Begg said Bruns was packed over the long weekend when she captured the flags. ‘I think they were a great big reminder to everyone who was in and around Brunswick Heads, that it isn’t a time of celebration for all Australians.’
Ros Goodchild who owns Mina Mina Art Gallery, a Brunswick Heads business which promtes the cultural diversity that of Aboriginal art, thought the flags looked great. ‘I thought they were a powerful and poignant statement,’ she said.
Local Bundjalung dubay Delta Kay from the Arakwal-Bumberbin mob, said that the flags put a little sparkle in her day. ‘When I saw the flags I just thought “wow!”. It made me feel proud to live here where non-indigenous people proudly acknowledge and respect the First People’.
Let’s hope they are a regular feature on Australia Day, no matter what day that might be.