The Aboriginal, Australia’s indigenous people have won a long fight to have their flag placed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge all-year-round.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says it will cost a total of $25 million to fly this flag on the Bridge.
Perrottet said he is not sure why the project costs so much, but backed it as an “important decision” for state.
The state government announced that costings to fly the flag year-round on the Sydney landmark will be included in Tuesday’s budget.
Funds have been allocated to install a 20-metre-high third flagpole at the bridge’s summit, with the aim of being completed by late this year.
At a press conference, Mr Perrottet was asked how the government arrived at its $25 million price tag.
“I don’t know. But it does, apparently,” he said.
“I’m even surprised it takes this long. I mean I made the announcement a while ago and the first brief that came back was that it takes two years to do.
“But apparently it does, apparently that’s the costing, and I think that it’s an important decision that we’ve made.
“I think it brings unity to our country and I think it’s a small price to pay for that unification.”
It had previously only flown for 19 days per year.
The government said complex engineering is required to support the new six-storey flag pole and 9m by 4.5-metre-flag.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Franklin said permanently flying the Aboriginal flag was an important acknowledgement of Aboriginal cultures.
“I am so excited we are one step closer to the Aboriginal flag finally being flown on the Sydney Harbour Bridge permanently, 365 days a year, seven days a week,” he said.
“We are incredibly proud to be working in partnership with Aboriginal stakeholders on both symbolic and practical reconciliation.”