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Illawarra Region (NSW, Australia)

Last modified: 2013-12-02 by jonathan dixon
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Proposed regional flag

The Illawarra region is an area just south of Sydney on the NSW coast, centred around Lake Illawarra. The major city is Wollongong. I have received from John Vaughan a picture of a proposed Illawarra regional flag, presumably a similar concept to his Greater Sydney and Greater Melbourne ensigns. I assume the flag will always be 'unoffical', as there is no body to adopt it officially, but John says that the details have been sent to the local paper, The Illawarra Mercury, to test interest in the concept.
Jonathan Dixon, 6 July 2005

Ratio overall, 1:2 with centre field square
Colours: Hoist and fly panels, Royal Blue field; at centre, white square.
Illawarra Flame Tree, red with black outlines (keylines).
Trunk and branches in solid black.
Southern Cross stars [surrounding the tree - ed.], Royal blue.

SYMBOLISM:- The Illawarra Flame tree, attractive and well known native tree of the region, links the heritage of the local Aborigines with the people who have arrived since 1788 and made the Illawarra their home. The distinctive Australian pattern of the Southern Cross alludes to the geographical position of the Illawarra. The blue panels represent the regions ideal climate, under clear blue skies, and its position on the coast of New South Wales adjacent to the magnificent ocean.
Charles Mullaney, Vexillologist of Dapto
John Vaughan, Vexillographer    12 May 2005
(contributed by John Vaughan, 6 July 2005)