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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Candlelight vigil to honour Bondi stabbing victims

A candlelight vigil, supported by Waverley Council and the NSW Government, will be held on Sunday 21 April to allow community to come together and honour the victims of the Bondi Junction tragedy.

The vigil will begin at 5:30pm on Sunday and will take place at Dolphin Court, Bondi Beach – south of the Bondi Pavilion.  

There will be a one-minute silence in honour of those whose lives were lost.

“Our community is deep grief and this is a time to support each other and stand together. This vigil will be an opportunity to reflect and commence healing,” said Mayor of Waverley Council, Paula Masselos.

Attendees are asked to bring their own candle to take part in the vigil and kindly take candles home at the end of the evening.

The NSW Government is working with Waverley Council to support the community event, including ensuring services such as counsellors and mental health first aid are available on site.  

“This has been a devastating attack that’s touched everybody in the state, whether you knew one of the victims or not,” said NSW Premier, Chris Minns.

“This vigil will be an opportunity for the community to stand together to support and honour the victims and survivors of this horrific tragedy.

“I hope they can draw some strength from the fact that there’s many people that are standing with them during this time.”

People are encouraged to catch public transport to and from the vigil.

Support and information for the Waverley community are listed on the Waverly Council website.

General supports for the community are also available:

A temporary floral tribute remains in place at Oxford St Mall in Bondi Junction, supported by NSW Government and Waverley council staff.

The online condolence book in honour of those affected is also live.

The NSW Government says it will work with families impacted at a later date regarding a formal memorial service and a permanent memorial to honour the victims lost.

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