A state memorial service was held at the Royal Exhibition Building on January 23 to pay tribute to the lives lost at the Bourke St Tragedy.
On January 20, 2017, six people were killed and dozens were injured after a car ploughed into Bourke St crowds. The victims’ families, medical workers who first responded to the incident and members of the public attended the service to mark the tragedy’s one-year anniversary.
“For the family who lost their loved ones, we understand it’s not fair, it’s hard to fathom and they are irreplaceable … We can gather with you so you know you have people here for you and they have not been forgotten,” Victorian Governor Linda Dessau said.
Premier Daniel Andrews told the service: “No words will ever be enough. Nothing can ever undo the damage. But I hope that there is some small measure of comfort in knowing you are not alone.”
A one minute’s silence was observed at the conclusion of the service.
Memorial plaques were placed in Parliament Gardens Reserve on January 20 to honour the victims and support those affected by the tragedy.