Martin Place floral tribute update

Published 22nd December, 2014

Following consultation with the families of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson, removal of the floral tribute in Martin Place will begin from tomorrow afternoon ahead of forecast wet weather.

This will allow for all notes, messages and cards to be preserved.

Volunteers from the Red Cross, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service will assist City of Sydney staff in collecting the flowers that have been placed in the past week at several locations within Martin Place. Disaster Recovery Chaplains will also be present.

Flowers will be clean mulched for future use at a site to be determined in consultation with the Johnson and Dawson families. At an appropriate time we'll also discuss with them the establishment of a permanent memorial.

For the time being a marquee will remain in Martin Place for floral tributes. There are also many other ways for people to continue to pay tribute and express their sympathies.

An incredible legacy is the decision by the Johnson and Dawson families to ask for any financial donations to go towards the help of others.

Ms Dawson's family has established a foundation in her name. The Katrina Dawson Foundation will be focused on the education of women. Donations can be made at http://www.thekatrinadawsonfoundation.org.

Mr Johnson's family has nominated beyondblue as its charity. Donations will assist people and their families living with depression and anxiety and can be made at
https://beyondblueinmemoriam.everydayhero.com/au/torijohnson.

Condolence books will remain available for the public to sign at the Sydney Opera House and Parliament House until the end of January. It can also be signed online at www.nsw.gov.au.

The condolence books will be bound in several volumes and one complete copy will be provided to each family.

Published 22nd December, 2014