The events that have taken place in Martin Place on Monday and the early hours of Tuesday morning have shocked the City of Sydney.
The people of Sydney have yesterday and today endured a terrible trauma. This trauma was dealt by the hand of an individual who aimed to strike fear into us, distract us from our daily lives and call into question our shared values and confidence in ourselves.
The NSW Police, together with the ambulance, fire and all rescue services involved proved to the world yesterday that Sydneysiders may indeed be shocked, but never shaken by such an event. I would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all the men and women involved in containing yesterday’s Lindt Café siege in Martin Place.
Sadly, lives were lost this morning but, because of the calm and professional actions of our emergency services, many more lives were saved.
My thoughts are with the families and friends of those lost, the surviving hostages, their families and all those across Sydney who have been affected by this tragic event.
Sydney has not gone untouched. We are in mourning yet we are a resilient and strong community. It is at this time that we must pull together and show support to all of those around us.
I wish to extend my sincere condolences, together with the City of Sydney to the families of the two victims lost. Their bravery and sacrifice will not be forgotten.