Nation mourns victims killed in Sydney siege
Premier Mike Baird statement: MARTIN PLACE TRIBUTES PRESERVED
Thousands of cards and messages for Sydney
siege victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson will be preserved following the
removal of the floral tribute in Martin Place.
I would like to extend thanks to the many volunteers from the Red Cross, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service who arrived early this morning to assist City of Sydney staff in collecting the notes ahead of forecast wet weather.
The volunteers and staff should be
commended for taking every care to remove the flowers respectfully.
Their efforts have ensured that every card and note containing the thoughts and prayers of Australians are preserved as a lasting tribute.
The flowers have been removed to be clean
mulched and used at a later date as part of a permanent memorial, while the
cards and notes have been collected to be digitally recorded and provided to
the Johnson and Dawson families.
A marquee will remain in Martin Place for floral tributes, and condolence messages can be left until the end of January at NSW Parliament, the Sydney Opera House or online at http://www.nsw.gov.au/
The Johnson and Dawson families have requested any financial donations be directed toward helping others.
NSW Premier Mike Baird attended Mr Johnson's funeral. (9NEWS)
family has established The Katrina Dawson Foundation to assist in the education
of women. Donations can be made at www.thekatrinadawsonfoundation.org
Mr Johnson’s family has asked donations to be made to beyond blue to help those living with depression and anxiety. Donations can be made at https://beyondblueinmemoriam.everydayhero.com/au/torijohnson
The NSW Government will make a $100,000 contribution to both The Katrina Dawson Foundation and beyond blue in support of their lasting legacies.
THE CONSUL GENERAL OF PAKISTAN ABDUL AZIZ UQAILI LAID A FLOWER BOUQUET FOR THE TWO AUSTRALIANS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN SYDNEY LINDT CAFÉ TRAGEDY
The horrible Lindt Café Incident that occurred in Martin Place Sydney on 16th December 2014 has shacked the entire city and indeed the whole Australian nation. It was very unfortunate that a lunatic criminal had held hostage more than 40 citizens / residents for several hours, which claimed the lives of two innocent Australians.
Pak Diplomat Mr. Shifaat Kaleem and CG Mr. Abdul Aziz Uqaili
The Consulate General of Pakistan Sydney
is also located in Martin Place. All the staff members of the Consulate were in
the office on Tuesday morning when the tragedy started, and they could feel the
pain and agony of those held under siege.
The Australians mourned the death of their two great citizens and people from all walks of life thronged to Martin Place and laid the floral wreaths and flower bouquets. The people and Government of Pakistan also shared their sorrow and grief.
The Consul General of Pakistan, Mr. Abdul Aziz Uqaili accompanied by Consul Mr. Shifaat Kaleem, also visited the site of the incident on 18th December 2014, which had turned into the memorial site. They laid the flowers and
conveyed their condolences to the nation and the two bereaved families, through the local media (Channel 7, Channel 9 and ABC). Speaking on the occasion, the Consul General communicated the sorrow and grief of the Pakistani nation and expressed their solidarity with the Australians in general and the relatives of the two deceased in particular. Replying to a question, he thanked the Australian nation for expressing their solidarity with Pakistanis on the fatal Peshawar Carnage in which over 141 innocent Pakistanis, including 132 children, were mercilessly murdered by the terrorists.
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