Sydney Opera House sails illuminated in solidarity with Ukraine
The Sydney Opera House sails are set to be illuminated yellow and blue for the next week.
The NSW Government has joined support for Ukraine around the world, lighting the iconic Sydney Opera House sails blue and yellow from tonight for the next week.
The Premier will also be joined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a Stand with Ukraine gathering at the Opera House from 8pm tomorrow, and is encouraging all members of the community to attend.
Mr Perrottet said the lighting of the sails and the gathering demonstrated the solidarity the people of New South Wales have with the people of Ukraine.
“The Russian military action in Ukraine endangers human life and liberty, it is an attack on sovereignty and we all have a stake in that,” Mr Perrottet said.
“We feel its enormity in NSW, which is home to large Ukrainian and Russian communities who will receive this news with deep concern for their many loved ones.
“Our solidarity with the vulnerable is the test of our strength as a community, as a state and as a people. We stand with the Commonwealth Government in affirming our respect for Ukrainian territorial sovereignty and its right to peace, freedom, and democratic rule.”
“I hope everyone can join the Prime Minister and me tomorrow night at the Opera House.”
Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said the lighting of the sails demonstrated that our collective thoughts are with Ukraine and the Ukrainian community in NSW.
“I know this is an incredibly troubling time for all Ukrainians living in NSW and right across the world, and I appreciate the emotions that you will be feeling right now. Whether it be your family or friends, I truly hope they are safe,” Mr Coure said.
“By lighting up the Opera House, we are showing the world that we stand with the people of Ukraine and denounce the acts of violence taking place.”
Mr Perrottet has also written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to affirm its commitment to helping resettle Ukrainians forced from their homeland.
The sails of the Sydney Opera House will be lit up with the colours of the Ukrainian flag from 8pm to 11pm from Monday 28 February to Saturday 5 March.
The Premier and Prime Minister will stand with community leaders from 8pm on Tuesday night as a gesture of unity for the Ukraine people at the Sydney Opera House Western Promenade.