A statement from Mayor Philip Ruddock in response to the tragic events at Westfield Bondi Junction

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On behalf of the Council, staff and community of Hornsby Shire, I would like to express my shock and sadness at the tragic events at Westfield Bondi Junction this weekend.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives and wish those who were injured a full recovery.

We commend the bravery of the police, first responders and all those who selflessly endeavoured to help their fellow humans. And to everyone who was caught up in this terrible event, we hope that you can find support and peace.

While we all try to understand how such a horrific event came to happen in Australia to ordinary people going about their daily lives, our hearts go out to Mayor Paula Masselos and the Waverley community. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

As the flags of Hornsby Shire fly at half mast tonight, they are a symbol of how our community is united in support for everyone affected by this tragedy.