NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced flags on all NSW Government buildings will fly at half-mast today to honour those who tragically lost their lives in the siege at the Lindt café in Sydney’s CBD.
The Premier is also inviting people who wish to lay a floral tribute to the victims to do so at Martin Place. Condolence books will also be provided later today near the Martin Place water fountain, facing Pitt Street.
“Today the people of NSW and Australia have the heaviest of hearts and we are taking steps to allow the community to share our collective grief,” Baird said.
“Overnight we lost two of our own people, in an attack we thought we’d never see here in our city.
“However, the values we held dear yesterday we hold dear today. They are the values of freedom, democracy and harmony.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims of this vicious, horrendous attack, their families and friends.
“I want to say to the victim’s families and friends, everyone in NSW stands beside you. Today, tomorrow, forever.
“I pay tribute to the men and women of the NSW Police Force who have saved many lives over the past day and have risked their lives in doing so.
“I also want to pay tribute to all other emergency service workers and authorities who provided vital assistance.
“My thoughts remain with those hostages who have been freed. Every care they need at this traumatic time will be made available to them.
“We are a peaceful, harmonious society that is the envy of the world. How we react in coming days will further show who we are.
“I say to everyone today: We must come together like never before. We are stronger together. We will get through this together.”