Siege tribute flowers to be removed

Written By Unknown on Senin, 22 Desember 2014 | 20.01

The former partner of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis is in custody after her bail was revoked.

THE hundreds of floral tributes for the Sydney siege victims will be removed and a marquee erected ahead of a forecast for rain.

Notes, messages and cards will be preserved when the existing sea of flowers at Martin Place is taken down and composted today.

Nation remembers ... a woman arrives with a bouquet of flowers to add to the floral tributes left in Sydney's Martin place. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

NSW premier Mike Baird said the flowers were being removed after consultation with the families of the victims, and that they will be including in future plans to establish a permanent memorial.


"Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the floral memorial," wrote Mr Baird.

"The memory of this spontaneous outpouring of love will live with me forever as a powerful reminder of the heart that beats strong in this city," he wrote on Facebook.

Parts of the tribute for Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson and barrister Katrina Dawson will remain under a marquee.

The removal of parts of the memorial has been designed to preserve the messages and not to discourage people from paying their respects at Martin Place, a spokeswoman for the NSW premier said.

Memorial ... the families of victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson were consulted over the decision to remove many of the flowers ahead of wet weather, officials said. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

An army of volunteers from the Red Cross, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service will help collect the flowers while chaplains remain to counsel visitors.

Condolence books will also be available at the Sydney Opera House and NSW Parliament House until the end of January.

Tributes..,people look at the flowers left outside the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Martin Place, one week after a siege at the cafe which saw two hostages and the gunman killed. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

The online condolence book remains available for signing.

They will be bound in several volumes and the Johnson and Dawson families will each receive a copy.

A permanent memorial will be discussed with the families once they are ready.

Financial donations in memory of the two victims have been directed to mental health organisation beyondblue and The Katrina Dawson Foundation.

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