Ragged flags come down

THE ragged Australian flags still flying in Conadilly Street will finally come down today and tomorrow.

A Gunnedah Shire Council spokesperson said yesterday council, in conjunction with Essential Energy, had been trying to remove the flags for the past few months.

“However, despite every effort of both parties to schedule the removal of the flags into Essential Energy’s works program, an arrangement to remove the flags could not be reached within Gunnedah Shire Council’s desired timeframe,” the spokesperson said.

Gunnedah Shire Council has instead contracted local business Gunnedah Mechanical and Cranes Pty Ltd to remove the flags from Essential Energy poles, with removal to occur today and tomorrow, weather permitting .

“Historically, the removal of the flags could be undertaken by council employees, however, due to new certification requirements, council staff are no longer authorised to perform this task,” the spokesperson said.

“Council staff will continue to investigate options for the installation of flagpoles in the main street with a preference for a flag pole system that is easier to access and maintain and that allows staff to change banners unassisted and as required.”

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