Australian Flag above Brodies is ‘a disgrace’
It’s been battling the elements, day and night, for many months, but the weather has taken its toll on the now tatty Australian flag flying above the Brodies building.
Brodies, once a proud local business on the corner of the Bruce Hwy and Channon St, closed in August last year but someone forgot to ensure the flag was either lowered from the flagpole daily as it should be, or taken down for ever.
Now, it’s “an eyesore” and “simply not good enough”, says local Sandy Creek Rd resident and returned veteran, 78 year old Bill Moore.
“After taking part in the Anzac Day March on Monday, I took photos of that flag,” Mr Moore told the Gympie Times.
“The flag is in a disgraceful condition. Shame on the person responsible for leaving it to deteriorate so.
“I’ve been a part of in the Anzac Day dawn service in Gympie for the past 45 years.
“When you think of all the men and women who gave their lives for our country, it’s disgraceful to see our Australian flag in that condition.
“We must honour our dead and whoever is responsible for that flag ought to be ashamed,” Mr Moore said.
Gympie RSL president Ivan Friske is also upset at the poor state of the flag.
“All flags, from any country, should be in pristine condition when flown from a flagpole,” Mr Friske said.
“As soon as they are torn, get ratty, or are damaged in any way, they should be removed.
“It’s upsetting seeing a flag in that condition flying above a building,” he said.
The Brodies building is tenanted by Cooloola Radiology. They have contacted the owner and are organising to have the flag removed and replaced as soon as possible.