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At the launch of its Local Government Week activities for 2002 Maitland City Council will formally unveil its new City Flag. The flag unfurling ceremony is to be held from 10am on Monday 29 July 2002 at the City’s Administration Building, 285 High Street, Maitland, and will be the start of a week long series of events culminating - on 2 August 2002 - in a major event in the Heritage Mall, Maitland, in recognition of the Maitland CBD Improvement Program. According to Maitland Mayor, Peter Blackmore, the new City Flag is symbolic both of our City’s heritage and of its emerging significance as a business and residential powerhouse within the Hunter. “Flags have developed as symbols of unity, endeavour and joint aspiration. National flags tell of struggles for independence, of union preserved and of the sacrifices of men and women for the ideals and honour of their nation. City flags have a similar role as symbols of community and as a focus for civic pride. In 1981 Maitland City adopted a flag design following a design competition won by Mr Roy Hamson of Mindaribba. The 1981 flag – our first City Flag – used our traditional city colours of yellow, light green and black in a formal design that reflected the design concepts of that period.” He added, “Our old City Flag has served our City well but, in 2002, we have seized the opportunity afforded by new technologies and a leading edge approach to design to create a City Flag which presents – in vibrant colours – the beauty of our City Crest, the centrality of the Hunter River as it shapes and defines our City and the diversity of experience that is so much part of our emerging character.” Following its first public unfurling, the City Flag will every day be proudly flown from the flagstaff on the City’s Administration Building. Council will also be supplying a flag to Maitland and East Maitland RSL Sub-Branches and to Cadet Unit 234 who were awarded Freedom of our City in 2000. At a special “Breakfast Bash” at 8.30 am on Wednesday 31 July 2002 – Council will also be presenting representatives of our city’s youth with their own miniature version of the flag as a memento of Local Government Week and the launch of so important a symbol of our City.
Contributed by Dov Gutterman, 25 December 2002

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