Isn’t this one of the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen? I think so, and have ever since seeing them in the wild 60+ years ago!
See Telopea speciosissima or Waratah. It is the floral emblem of NSW.
Apparently some turkeys want to change that! To quote Peter Hannam’s report in the Sydney Morning Herald:
No flower may be “so proud and stately and grand as the waratah”, so a popular book once told our children, but it seems devotion to the fiery red NSW emblem is fading within parts of the Berejiklian government.
The Department of Customer Service, which oversees branding, says it has “no plans” to ditch the waratah as the state’s logo, but leaked details of focus groups suggest some government staffers have other ideas….
The leak surprised government officials with one senior member on Sunday saying it would be “a bloody bad thing” to replace the waratah….
Too right it would be a bad idea!
The Herald poll seems to agree.