The leaf inside the shield is a stylized illustration of the Illawarra Flame Tree – Brachychiton acerifolius, native to the South Coast of NSW, Australia.
The Illawarra Flame Tree is deciduous and corresponds to the changing of
the seasons. The changing colour of the foliage represents a season for everything – the cycle of life itself.
The two sides of the leaf are symbolic of birth and death, yin and yang, mortality and eternity and the passing from one side to another.
The colour Navy represents stability and trust, faith, truth and loyalty. The shield is a Crusader Shield which is a modified Kite Shield of the 12th century.
It represents protection and safety, harmony and cohesion, ancestry, descendants and family.