NAIDOC Week 2019: Pinjarra Police host historic flag raising ceremony

Pinjarra Police Station celebrated NAIDOC Week with a historic flag raising ceremony on Friday morning.

Police joined members of the local Indigenous community and dignitaries on July 12 to raise the Aboriginal flag for the first time at the Pinjarra Police Station.

Senior Sergeant Ian Francis said Friday's ceremony was another step towards reconciliation.

"I'm really pleased to be one of the first here to raise all three flags," he said.

"Today is about creating new history for the police station and for the community.

"It's the first time an Aboriginal flag has been raised at a police station in Pinjarra and in what was the old Peel District and what is now the Mandurah District."

Local elder Harry Nannup gave a Welcome to Country before the proceedings got underway.

"Kaya everyone - that is a Nyoongar greeting," he said.

"I'm proud to be here today and be a part of this.

"There's so much going on and a lot of hatred but we want to throw all that away, we don't want that in our town anymore."

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Mr Nannup's sister Gloria Kearing raised the flag, while Senior Constable Sam Baker played the didgeridoo.

Murray-Wellington MP Robyn Clarke was also in attendance and Pinjarra musician Brooke Bugeja provided a beautiful rendition of the national anthem while the Australian and West Australian flags were also raised.

Acting Mandurah District Superintendent Adams said the ceremony played an important role, especially during NAIDOC Week celebrations.

"I'd like to acknowledge the time and effort Ian and his staff here have put in to making today happen as part of this unique flag raising ceremony," he said.

"The WA Police force recognise that we need to improve our knowledge of Aboriginal histories, cultures and traditions - something that is a priority for our Mandurah Police District.

"We will continue to work with our local Aboriginal stakeholders to ensure a united future."

The ceremony was followed by a morning tea at the police station.