Bridge-ing the Gap
Petition for the Indigenous Australian flag to be placed on the Harbour Bridge.
Reconciliation NSW is proud to announce our support towards proud Kamilaroi woman, Cheree Toka who initiated the petition back in 2017 on change.org to fly the Aboriginal flag permanently on top of the Harbour Bridge alongside the Australian and NSW flags. The online petition has now gathered over 120,000 digital signatures. However, cannot be used towards the 10,000 signatures required to lodge in to NSW Parliament as they don’t accept digital petitions – which is why we’re asking for your help with assisting us and Cheree to reach 10,000 physical signatures on paper.
Many other Local Reconciliation Groups in consultation with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MALC) have also spent years trying to achieve the initiative, as a proud symbol of our heritage and identity.
Cheree is also encouraging all NSW Local Councils to participate in supporting the petition and encouraging their residents to sign paper petitions at all Council Libraries and Service Centres; and that Mayors’ write to the NSW Premier, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure calling on them to support the push to fly the Aboriginal Flag on the Harbour Bridge permanently. So far we’ve gained the support from the following Councils:
- City of Sydney Council;
- Inner West Council;
- Bogan Shire Council;
- Mosman Council;
- Bayside Council;
- Blacktown City Council.
- Hunters Hill;
- City of Parramatta;
- Randwick City Council;
- Shell Harbour Council;
You can print and sign a paper petition here and circulate it at your workplace, school, child care centre, community centre etc as there is no age limit requirement.
Then send the paper petition to Cheree Toka, PO BOX 156 Petersham NSW 2049 or the Reconciliation NSW office. Cannot be emailed, posted only.
We would appreciate if you could help us reach 10,000 signatures as a community effort to strengthen our relationship with Indigenous Australians.
Download the Petition here