Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    Western Australians urged to reflect on first anniversary of deadly tsunami

    21/12/2005 12:00 AM

    Acting Premier Eric Ripper has asked all Western Australians to take time to reflect on the first anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami.

    Mr Ripper said that last year’s tsunami had a devastating impact on countries throughout the Indian Ocean rim and affected families across the world.

    “It was a terrible and tragic day that cost many thousands of lives and touched our community at all levels,” he said.

    To commemorate the first anniversary this Boxing Day, Mr Ripper will be tossing a floral tribute into the ocean at City Beach at 8.59am (8.59am WA Time was the time the earthquake struck off Sumatra).

    “The gesture is on behalf of all Western Australians and is consistent with what occurred at the inter-faith service held at City Beach in January this year,” the Acting Premier said.

    “Members of the public and community leaders are welcome to join me on Monday morning. But if that is not possible, I urge Western Australians to reflect on last year’s tragic event in a way they see fit.”

    Acting Premier's office: 9222 8788