On 20 January 2017, tragedy struck in the heart of Melbourne. We mourn those who were killed by this evil criminal act and we offer our deepest condolences to their loved ones.
We grieve with them and we stand with the victims. This crime has devastated families and directly affected many hundreds of people.
It has touched us all and we will carry it for years to come.
A memorial in the middle of our city has been established as a place for people to come together and honour those who lost their lives. Floral tributes and letters can be left at the memorial on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets, in front of the GPO.
For those who wish to make a financial contribution for the families of the victims, the Victorian Government has established the Bourke Street Fund. Donations can be made by calling 1800 226 226 or via the website: www.vic.gov.au/bourkestreet.html
The Victorian Government is making an initial donation of $100,000 to the Bourke Street Fund. A vigil is also being planned for the evening of Monday 23 January, 2017 to be held at Federation Square.
Daniel Andrews, Premier.
Statement from the Premier