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Temporary memorials at Bourke Street Mall

Thousands of tributes to those who lost their lives in the Bourke St Mall tragedy have been moved with the help of Red Cross.

Tuesday January 31, 2017

Photo credit: Zayne D'Crus

Red Cross volunteers and staff have joined the SES to move temporary memorials along Bourke Street Mall.

The removal began with a traditional Indigenous smoking ceremony.

Red Cross has been at the Mall offering support since a car drove through the busy shopping district, killing six people and injuring several others.

We have been there, offering psychological first aid and giving information as thousands of people left flowers, cards and mementoes at the memorial sites. 

The removal of temporary memorials is sensitive, because they carry the essence of the emotions people have been feeling since the incident, including grief, sadness and anger.

The City of Melbourne says the flowers will be mulched and spread at the victims of crime memorial in the gardens of Parliament House and other items will be preserved.

Looking after yourself and your loved ones.

Recovery after critical incidents can take time. Talking about it with family and friends may help

. Red Cross has information to support people to look after themselves during crisis events. This includes important tips about talking to children and young people.

You can find more information on our website.