Our Flags

Council's Town Halls at Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond are used to fly three official flags of Australia: the Australian National Flag, the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag. Whenever the flags are flown at half mast, a notice appears below to indicate the reason.

In addition, each Town Hall is home to a Civic Flagpole. The Civic Flagpoles are reserved for the flying of flags that symbolise and celebrate the diverse community of the City of Yarra and are used for flying flags that have special meaning to all or part of Yarra's community. In flying these flags, Council celebrates Yarra's rich history and formally acknowledges the flag flown as one of significance to the City of Yarra. Whenever the Civic Flagpoles are used, a notice appears below to indicate the reason.

All flags are flown in accordance with Council's Civic Flag Policy.

Note: Due to restoration works at Collingwood Town Hall, the southern flagpole is currently unavailable for use, and the Torres Strait Islander flag is not on display. It will return to Collingwood Town Hall when the works are complete.

Half Masting

The Australian flags have been flown at half mast on the following occasions in 2018.

Anniversary of 2009 Victorian Bush Fires - 7 February 2018

As a mark of mourning and respect the Australian National Flag was flown at half-mast to honour the victims of the Victorian bush fires in February 2009.

State Funeral for Ron Walker - 7 February 2018

As a mark of mourning and respect the Australian National Flag was flown at half-mast on the day of the State Funeral for Mr Ronald (Ron) Walker AC CBE (1939 – 2018). Mr Walker served the Australian community in various roles including as Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1974 to 1976, Commissioner for Melbourne’s 1996 Olympics bid, Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Chairman of the Melbourne Major Events Company and Chairman of the Microsurgery Foundation of the Bernard O'Brien Institute of St Vincent's Hospital. In 1976, Mr Walker was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for service to local government. He was also appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2003 for service to business, the arts and the community, and to raising the profile of Australia internationally with significant benefit for tourism and employment.

State Memorial Service for Andrew McCutcheon - 30 January 2018

As a mark of mourning and respect the Australian National Flag was flown at half-mast on the day of the State Memorial Service for The Honourable Andrew McCutcheon (1931 – 2017). Elected to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for St Kilda in 1982, Mr McCutcheon dedicated more than 40 years to his community through local and state government roles.

Bourke Street State Memorial Service - 23 January 2018

As a mark of mourning and respect the Australian National Flag was flown at half-mast on the day of the State Memorial Service to commemorate the people who were killed and injured on Bourke Street, Melbourne, on 20 January 2017.

 

Civic Flagpoles

The Civic Flagpoles have been used on the following occasions in 2018:

State Memorial Service for Andrew McCutcheon - 30 January 2018

As a mark of mourning and respect the Yarra City Council Flag was flown at half mast on the day of the State Memorial Service for The Honourable Andrew McCutcheon (1931 – 2017). Mr McCutcheon was a Collingwood City Councillor for 17 years including a term as Mayor in 1975/76 until his election to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for St Kilda in 1982.

Midsumma - 14 to 28 January 2018

The Rainbow Flag was flown during Midsumma, Melbourne's flagship lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community and arts festival.

Until 9 January 2018 - Marriage Equality Campaign

Following a resolution in 2017 to fly the Rainbow Flag on each Civic Flagpole until such time as marriage equality became law in Australia, Council resolved following the passage of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, to continue flying the flag until 9 January (being the first day that the majority of same sex marriages could take place).