About the Torres Strait Islands flag

The Torres Strait Islander flag is an official Flag of Australia and is the flag that represents Torres Strait Islander people. It was designed in 1992 by Bernard Namok. It won a local competition held by the Islands Coordinating Council and was recognized by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in June 1992. The Government of Australia granted it Flag of Australia status, under the Flags Act 1953, on 14 July 1995.

The green stripes at the top and the bottom of the flag symbolize the land, and the blue stripe in the center represents the waters of the Torres Strait. The thin black stripes between the blue and green segments signify the Torres Strait Islanders themselves. The white five-pointed star at the center of the flag represents the five major island groups, and the white headdress (dhari headdress) around it also symbolizes the Torres Strait Islands people.

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