|VH-LQM departs Brisbane for Emerald on Sunday afternoon|
On Friday 15 August, VH-LQM called into Emerald and Bundaberg before spending the night at Hervey Bay. On Saturday 16 August, VH-LQM departed Hervey Bay and later called into Gladstone and Bundaberg. Finally, on Sunday 17 August, VH-LQM called into Emerald before flying to Rockhampton where it is overnighting. Early indications suggest that VH-LQM will depart Rocky early on Monday 18 August before operating to Roma.
Qantas issued this statement about the aircraft:
Qantas has joined the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution by unveiling a new QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 aircraft showcasing a large 'Recognise' logo on its livery.
In addition to the aircraft livery unveiled at today’s event, QantasLink will soon embark on displaying a smaller version of the 'Recognise' logo on its entire fleet of 31 Dash-8-Q400 aircraft, ensuring the message is spread across the country.
'Recognise' is the movement of Australians campaigning for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and to ensure there is no place for discrimination in our founding document. The movement has wide support from across the political spectrum and in the Australian community from grassroots supporters and many major institutions, non-government organisations, companies, sporting codes and faith groups.
Qantas has a longstanding commitment to value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, cultures and peoples and to recognise the original custodians of Australia. A Reconciliation Action Plan has been in place since 2007 and QANTAS currently holds partnerships with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Career Trackers, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Clontarf, the Indigenous Marathon Project, Supply Nation, Engineering Aid Australia, Jawun, Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation, the Yothu Yindi Foundation, the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and 'Recognise'.
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Photo taken by Brandon Giacomin ©