International Day of Mourning

Published on 16 April 2018

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Blacktown City Council will stage a solemn ceremony to mark the International Day of Mourning for workers who die or are injured in the workplace.

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Wayne Swan MP and Federal Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland MP will be guest speakers.

“It is important that all workers should leave home confident they will return to their families and we mourn the deaths of those killed in workplace accidents,” Blacktown City Mayor, Stephen Bali MP said.

Mayor Bali, Councillors and senior Council staff will join Unions, WorkCover and members of the community for the annual commemoration.

The memorial will be held at Blacktown Showground on Saturday 28 April at 10am alongside the memorial sculpture erected by Blacktown City Council in 2017.

Mayor Bali said the commemoration service marks an important national day of reflection.

“The International Day of Mourning is a time when we remember, pause and commemorate workers who have died,’ Mayor Bali said.

“We are too often reminded of the horrendous and tragic outcomes of unsafe workplace incidents and it is therefore a time to remind ourselves to look after one another.

“It is a time to ensure that safety remains one of the highest priorities within our workplaces and an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace incidents and ill health.”

If you would like to attend the ceremony, please RSVP as soon as possible via email


Media Contact:
Communications Unit, Blacktown City Council
Alan Gale – 9839 6409  
Martha Azzi – 9839 5926
(phones divert to mobiles after hours)