Martin Place siege floral tribute to be moved

THOUSANDS of flowers and floral tributes brought by crowds of people for the victims of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe siege will be removed from Martin Place in Sydney.

The decision, made because of forecast wet weather, was reached in consultation with the families of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson, who were both killed in the siege.

The flowers' removal will allow all the notes, messages and cards attached to the bouquets placed in tribute over the last week to be preserved.

Volunteers from the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service and the Red Cross will assist City of Sydney staff to collect the flowers, and disaster recovery chaplains will also be available.

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said people can still pay their respects by leaving flowers at a marquee.

A funeral service for Tori Johnson will be held on Tuesday at St Stephens Uniting Church in Macquarie St Sydney at 11:00am (AEDT).

A private service is being held for Katrina Dawson.

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Statement from NSW Premier Mike Baird on floral tribute

Following consultation with the families of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson, removal of the floral tribute in Martin Place will begin from (Tuesday) 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.



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