The following message to the Bar Association has been provided by the Department of Premier and Cabinet regarding a public ceremony on 15 December 2015 to commemorate the Martin Place Siege.
The premier of NSW, Mike Baird MP issued a media release earlier today to inform the public of plan to commemorate the first anniversary of the Martin Place siege.
The premier acknowledges that this is an important opportunity to mark one year since the traumatic events of last December.
An understated public ceremony will be held on the evening of 15 December, to remember the victims and survivors of the siege and to recognise the response and resilience of a community that refused, and refuses yet, to be divided by those who wish to cause harm.
The ceremony will begin at 8.15pm in Martin Place between Phillip and Elizabeth Streets. Five nights of light projections on the façade of the Lindt Café building will follow.
The light projections will incorporate images of the floral tribute laid at the Martin Place site, and will reflect on the thousands of notes and messages left by the wider NSW community following the siege.
The families of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, whose lives were lost in the siege, support the ceremony and light projections that are planned to commemorate the anniversary.
All members of the Sydney community are welcome to attend the ceremony and/or view the light projections which will run for 5 nights from 15 December to 19 December (approximately 8.30pm to midnight). Public viewing areas for the ceremony will be between Phillip and Macquarie Streets as well as Elizabeth and Castlereagh Streets in Martin Place. The area of Martin Place between Elizabeth and Phillip Streets will be reserved for invited guests.