Ever wondered why Australian athletes wear Green and Gold when representing this wide brown land we call home?
According to the website - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet:
The national colours, green and gold, hold a treasured place in the Australian imagination.
Long associated with Australian sporting achievements, the national colours have strong environmental connections. Gold conjures images of Australia’s beaches, mineral wealth, grain harvests and the fleece of Australian wool. Green evokes the forests, eucalyptus trees and pastures of the Australian landscape.
Green and gold are also the colours of Australia’s national floral emblem – the golden wattle.
Why Wattle I hear you ask?
As one species of a large genus of flora growing across Australia, the golden wattle is a symbol of unity.
Wattle is ideally suited to withstand Australia's droughts, winds and bushfires. The resilience of wattle represents the spirit of the Australian people.
Terry Fewtrell, President Wattle Day Association (2007-2019) says it perfectly “The wattle is our only authentic national symbol – totally, unambiguously of this land. It is not conflicted or qualified in its identity or loyalty. It is eloquently, elegantly and undoubtedly Australian.”