Flag gets up in Tambellup

By Chris Thomson | posted on March 23, 2018

TAMBELLUP’S police station and council chambers will soon get Aboriginal flags thanks to the initiative of the cop shop’s new officer-in-charge, who is a Noongar man.

On Tuesday, Sergeant Allan Mallard celebrated six months as OIC of Tambellup Police Station.

He recently received an Aboriginal flag from State Treasurer Ben Wyatt, also an Aboriginal man.

“I bought two flag poles, one for the shire and one for the police station,” Sgt Mallard told The Weekender.

“They’re getting installed in the next week or so.”

Sgt Mallard’s mother, Margaret, is a Noongar woman with family in the Tambellup area.

“She’s over the moon,” Sgt Mallard said of her response to the flags.

Broomehill-Tambellup Shire President Scott Thompson said raising the Aboriginal flag outside the council chambers had been raised some years ago at the shire, but defeated.

However, on March 15 the shire voted six councillors to one to proudly fly the flag.

“We’ve got a strong Indigenous community in Tambellup,” Cr Thompson said.