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15 April 2024

Statement - Scentre Group CEO, 15 April 2024

A statement from our Chief Executive Officer Elliott Rusanow, following his remarks at the vigil location at Bondi Junction earlier today:

“On Saturday, Westfield Bondi was the location of a tragedy that resulted in loss of life, including one of our security team members.

“A significant number of people sustained serious injuries. Many more witnessed these horrific events.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and all those impacted by this tragedy.

“We want to reiterate our appreciation for the swift and brave actions of our team, members of the public, first responders and our business partners.

“Our team continues to provide full assistance to the NSW police and their investigation.

“Westfield Bondi has been closed since Saturday.

“Last night, police handed Westfield Bondi back to us and we have begun the task of preparing to re-open. We have not decided yet on that date. We expect it will be later this week.

“Our centre is an important social hub. We are carefully considering how we re-open to the community in a way that is measured and respectful.

“We are working with a range of community members and other stakeholders on what this plan looks like.

“There are many considerations given the scale of this tragedy, its impact, and the scale of the Westfield Bondi operation.

“We welcome the NSW Government’s decision to light up the sails of the Sydney Opera House tonight and in solidarity with this, we will light up Westfield Tower in the city tonight.

“We are deeply involved in assisting the police investigation.

“We welcome the announcement of the coronial inquiry and will participate fully in the process, including on the topic of security arrangements and practices at our destinations.

“Our focus is on supporting our people, our business partners and the broader community who love Westfield Bondi.”

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and communities of the lands on which our business operates.

We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to their Elders past and present.

We recognise the unique role of Māori as Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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