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Closing of the Bourke Street Fund - Ken Lay AO APM

14 June 2017

Donations from the Bourke Street Fund are now being provided to victims and families

Donations of more than four thousand Australians are now being provided to support the families of those who died or were seriously injured during the Bourke Street tragedy.

The Bourke Street Panel set up to oversee the distribution of the money has now completed its work and more than $1.5 million in donations are now being provided to those most affected.

The Fund was set up on 22 January to allow for public donations to assist the families most affected and those seriously injured in the Bourke Street tragedy.

The Panel was led by Former Commissioner for Victoria Police Ken Lay AO and supported by Carol Schwartz AM, Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and prominent business leader and Wenda Donaldson, Australian Red Cross, Director of Victoria Operations.

Panel Chair, Ken Lay said “This tragedy has gone to the heart of many Victorians and I thank you for your generous support to the Victims and bereaved families. I am very grateful to Carol Schwartz and Wenda Donaldson who have donated so much of their time to ensure that the money given so generously is provided to those families most affected and those who were seriously injured.”

The Panel worked closely with the individual case managers, clinical psychologist Rob Gordon and some of those most severely affected, as well as ensuring that the fund complemented compensation from the Transport Accident Commission and Worksafe Victoria.

With the fund closed the panels work has now been completed however the Chair will continue to engage as needed and further support will be provided through the Victim Support Agency, Transport Accident Commission and Worksafe Victoria.

On the 20th January, six innocent lives were lost, 37 injured and many Victorian families were left devastated by a tragic act in Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Over 1,200 people affected by this tragedy have been referred to case management services through the Victim Support Agency.

For ongoing support please visit the website vic.gov.au/bourkestreet.

Videos

13 June 2017 - Closing of the Bourke Street Fund - Ken Lay AO APM

6 April 2017 - Ken Lay AO APM Chair of the Bourke Street Fund talks about the generosity of Victorians who have donated $1.5 million

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