THE husband of Albury councillor Alice Glachan has objected to poles for Indigenous flags at Monument Hill, labelling it "perverse to allocate funds to a cause that has become a contrived source of division".
Nicholas Little is among those who responded to a council call for feedback on plans to spend $30,000 on poles at the war memorial to fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.
Mr Little said his naval service and an existing plaque at the monument saluting Aboriginal military contributions prompted his opposition.
He noted the plaque followed consultation with Indigenous representatives and was an acknowledgement of the "enduring spirit of reconciliation".
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"Furthermore, given the considerable reduction in council revenue from the airport and entertainment centre it would seem quite perverse to allocate funds to a cause that has become a contrived source of division rather than the existing spirit of working and sadly in some cases dying together under the national flag, which is so eloquently explained in the wording and sentiments of the recently installed plaque," Mr Little wrote.
He told The Border Mail he was "incredibly conscious" of his wife's role when making his submission but felt the context of the issue had been distorted and it was important to air his concerns.
Cr Glachan said she was unaware of her husband's submission and would read it for the first time this weekend.
The Greens lead candidate for the Albury council election, Ashley Edwards, was among the minority to formally support the flags which have been advocated by her party colleague, deputy mayor Amanda Cohn.
"We need to fly these flags at Monument (Hill) to acknowledge the contribution that they and their ancestors made as service men and women," she submitted.
"Historically, acknowledgement of their service was rare and they were often excluded from the benefits that white returned soldiers enjoyed (eg, soldier settlement schemes)."
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