HUNDREDS of south-west residents are expected to add their sympathy for friends and families of MH17 airline disaster victims with pages of an official condolence book arriving in the region yesterday.
The pages are available at local council offices, libraries and state MPs’ offices for about a week as part of state government recognition for the 18 Victorian residents who were among 298 people who died when the Malaysian airliner was hit by a missile last week over Ukraine.
Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh was among the first to add his signature and comments. “It is a tragedy the community has deep feelings about,” he said.
Meanwhile, Christ Church Anglican church rector Father Scott Lowrey was moved by the response to a vigil service on Tuesday when about 70 people turned out.
Deacon Mathew Crane led prayers and provided opportunity for silent reflection.
“People are feeling a sense of shock and sadness that innocent lives have been taken in such circumstances,” Father Lowrey said. “There’s a deep sense of compassion and prayers from right around the country.
“There’s a good number of people with Dutch heritage in our community and people from Malaysian background attended the service also.”
A memorial service will be held today in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.