Member for Bonner Ross Vasta today encouraged people across Bonner to celebrate with pride the anniversary of the Australian National Flag.

“This year we celebrate 117 years since our flag was first flown above the Melbourne Exhibition Building on 3 September 1901. We are reminded of its importance every day as it flies outside our schools, our homes, our institutions and prominently atop Parliament House,” Mr Vasta said.

“I encourage Australians across Bonner and the nation to unite and celebrate all that Australia represents for them this Australian National Flag Day.”

Mr Vasta visited students at Gumdale State School to present them with a new Australian flag they could proudly fly on their grounds.

“Australian National Flag Day gives individuals, community organisations, businesses and schools the opportunity to come together and celebrate our nation’s rich history, to re-pledge our loyalty to our great nation and reaffirm our commitment to an even stronger future for all Australians,” Mr Vasta said.

“Local organisations that need a new Australian flag can contact my office at any time and I’ll be happy to post one out or personally deliver it myself.”

For more information and resources for Australian National Flag Day, visit the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website: www.pmc.gov.au/flag