28.8 C
Byron Shire
February 4, 2023

Mystery surrounds Aus Day flags

Latest News

Swivel by name, drivel by nature

The lack of authenticity of Byron Councillor, Mark Swivel, does not come as a surprise from this side of...

Other News


What have they done to our Vinnies here in Mullum? They’ve killed it! It has reopened and it is...

Agreement on floodplains

The Echo reports Paul Toole, Minister for Regional NSW, stating that we must stop development on floodplains, stop making...


Warren Kennedy wrote an excellent letter last week (28 January) pointing out the deficiencies of capitalism as it exists...

Big fleet chases class championship

Twenty-one boats took to the water to compete in one long race that made up the fourth instalment of...

Controversial development that would dwarf Uki under appeal in L&EC – Tweed Nightcap Village MO

The contentious Nightcap Village $39M multiple occupancy development near Uki, promoted by Pete Evans, will have its appeal to the Land & Environment Court against the NRPP's refusal heard from 9 February.

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

The mysterious appearance of Aboriginal flags on the Brunswick bridge were a welcome sight on Australia Day. Photo Michelle Begg.

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.’

Though Bruns was packed and hundreds were up for a jump off the bridge, no-one seems to mind the flags. Photo Ros Goodchild.

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.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Good to see, a reminder of the resilience of the first people and with hindsight the anti social celebration on a day that reminds Aboriginals of the suffering that they went through,please just change the date out of consideration and respect.

  2. Churlish Jon….Respect to Cook and respect to the lineage of Indigenous culture of this beautiful ancient land we are all privileged to spend our days in…..

  3. So uplifting to see these. Why celebrate 149 years of history when we could be celebrating over 60 thousand years of Australian history. Doesn’t make sense really.

  4. “No one seemed to mind” hardly expresses the genuine delight and pride people felt to see the big bold aboriginal flags flying on the bridge, announcing their presence and place in our community as custodians of our land.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Land values rise

Your cover story on 25 January claims that land valuation rises could herald increases in Council rates. This is potentially misleading. A council’s total...

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a protest outside Mullum’s Council Chambers! By...

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’