Culture on display at House

The inclusivity of NRL Cowboys House is now on display for all to see, with flag poles donated by Sunrise Rotary proudly flying the Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Australian flags high outside the facility.

The recently installed flag poles is just one way the cultural identities of the House Brothers are represented at NRL Cowboys House.

House manager Gary Cook said that the three flags are important to everyone at the House.

"It shows the public that the flags represent that we are all one, and it gives all members of our House community an identity."

"Here at the House we are passionate about inclusivity, and by displaying the flags we are proudly showing this," Mr Cook said.

During a flag-raising ceremony, members of the community were invited to be involved.

Bindal elder Lyn Nuggin and Wulgurukaba representative Hayden Saltner raised the Aboriginal flag together and House Parents Kylie Lukasik and Helen Santo raised the Torres Strait Islander flag.

The Australian flag was raised by two representatives from Sunrise Rotary, Gabe Watson and president Terry Godde.

Mr Godde said that Sunrise Rotary was proud to partner with NRL Cowboys House in this project.

"The flag raising ceremony was a moving event that shows the commitment of all to this great facility," Mr Godde.

The three flags were kindly donated by Cathy O'Toole MP, Townsville.

NRL Cowboys House provides supported accommodation for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from some of North Queensland's most remote and educationally disadvantaged communities, enabling them to access quality secondary education opportunities in Townsville.