Randwick City Council

04/17/2024 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/16/2024 23:32

Message from Mayor Veitch – 17 April 2024

It has been an incredibly difficult week after the horrific events that took place on 13 April at Bondi Junction Westfield, and many in our community have been deeply affected by the attack.

Our hearts go out to the families of the six people, including two from the Randwick area, who lost their lives and to the many more still being cared for in hospital. We express our deepest condolences to everybody affected.

Westfield Bondi Junction is holding a community reflection day on Thursday 18 April and a candlelight vigil is being held at Bondi Beach on Sunday 21 April at 5.30pm.

I would like to commend our first responders - police and paramedics - as well as the people at the mall who approached the assailant and the store attendants who safely protected customers during the attack. We also commend the ongoing efforts of the doctors, surgeons and nurses at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Children's Hospitals in Randwick and other hospitals who responded with critical care in a very difficult situation.

The community of Randwick stands together with our friends in the neighbouring council areas of Waverley and Woollahra. In the aftermath of the incident, Council worked with Waverley Council to distribute important updates and messages of support over the weekend of 13 & 14 April.

I have reached out to the Mayor of Waverley offering our assistance and support, and Council flew our flags at half-mast on the Randwick Town Hall and Randwick Administration Building on Monday 15 April. Along with so many others in our community, I have gone to pay my respects and lay a floral tribute at Bondi Junction on behalf of Randwick Council.

Five of the six people killed in the attack were women, as were nine of the twelve people who were injured. We condemn these and all acts of violence.

In this difficult time, let's continue to help and support one another. We will continue to offer support and assistance wherever it is needed.

A dedicated phone line for victims of the Bondi Junction incident has been established. Please call 1800 019 123 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Support services

If you or someone you know needs support, you can also contact:

  • Lifeline: Call 13 11 14, text 0477 13 11 14 or chat online.
  • Kids Helpline: Call 1800 55 1800 or chat online.
  • Beyond Blue: Call 1300 22 4636 or chat online.
  • 1800RESPECT: Call 1800 737 732, text 0458 737 732 or chat online.
  • 13 Yarn: Call 13 92 76.
  • MensLine Australia: Call 1300 78 99 78.

Cr Philipa Veitch
Mayor of Randwick

Last Updated: 17 April 2024

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