Ted Tomkins raises a flag given to residents of the Settlers Lifestyle Village by local MP Bill Byrne.
Ted Tomkins raises a flag given to residents of the Settlers Lifestyle Village by local MP Bill Byrne. Chris Ison ROK

Vietnam vet proud Aussie flag flies over Settlers village

ROCKHAMPTON'S Frank Busby served under the Australian flag for 25 years of his life.

And now the retired war veteran can look outside the window of his unit at Settlers Rockhampton and see that same flag waving in the breeze.

Frank, 75, was one of the 73 residents of the retirement home who wrote to Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne requesting to have the Australian flag as part of their home.

"We as a community thought the Australian flag should be seen somewhere here on the grounds," Frank said.

"We've got a lot of ex-servicemen here who fought under that flag and it's nice to see it finally up where it should be.

"I spent 25 years of my life in the Australian Army and fighting in the Vietnam War, and it's important to still have that pride.

"We all have so much pride for our country whether we fought for Australia or not.

"I think everyone has served their country in some way and should be reminded of that when we see the national flag."

Frank and Elsa Stone, 99 and the eldest resident of the home, represented the Settlers and were presented with the Australian flag from Mr Byrne.

Mr Byrne said it was an honour to provide the flag to the residents.

"A few weeks ago I received a letter from Settlers requesting to have the Australian flag," he said.

"It's those sorts of requests that reflect the considerable pride for their country and sense of community Rockhampton people have.

"It was one of the nicer duties I've done as a politician.

"And afterwards we all sat down for morning tea and had a bit of a discussion about any community concerns they had."

Mr Byrne also presented the Settlers Rockhampton residents with the Queensland flag.