What will happen to the Martin Place flowers?

The sea of flowers continues to grow at the makeshift memorial in Martin Place for the Sydney siege victims, but what is going to happen when the time comes for them to be removed?

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird released a statement this afternoon assuring the public the tributes would not be lost.

“People should feel free to keep laying their flower tributes to Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson in Martin Place over the weekend,” he said.


“All flowers that have been laid in Martin Place will eventually be collected by the Red Cross and put into clean compost and laid at an appropriate memorial site, to be determined in consultation with the victims’ families.

“Cards and notes will be collected and preserved.”

The makeshift memorial continues to grow by the hour. Photo: Getty.
The makeshift memorial continues to grow by the hour. Photo: Getty.

Just hours after the siege in the Lindt Chocolate Café came to an end, people started leaving flowers in Martin Place, with the steady stream of tributes set to continue for days to come.

Authorities have already added to the cordoned off area where people are laying notes, letters, flowers and other items in memory of the victims.

Martin Place has been flooded with flowers and the makeshift memorial continues growing. Photo: Getty
Martin Place has been flooded with flowers and the makeshift memorial continues growing. Photo: Getty

“NSW Government and City of Sydney staff will be on hand all weekend to assist people wishing to lay flowers and keep crowds moving in an orderly way,” Mr Baird said.

“An additional site has now been established in front of the Lindt Café.

“The outpouring of public support has helped bring Sydney together at a time of immense grief and the flower tribute has become a symbol of our city’s strength and unity.”

People are also being reminded that condolence books will remain at Martin Place until Sunday evening, while books will remain at the Opera House and Parliament House until the end of January.

“Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of Tori and Katrina and everyone caught up in this tragedy,” Mr Baird said.

“The way our city and state has come together shows they are not alone.”

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