Westfield Bondi Junction to reopen Friday; ‘Reflection Day’ on Thursday

(Source: Reuters)
(Source: Reuters / Jaimi Joy)

Westfield Bondi Junction has invited the community and customers to a Community Reflection Day on Thursday, from 11am to 5pm.

The shopping centre will remain closed for trading on Thursday and resume trading on Friday, April 19.

In a statement issued Thursday morning, Westfield said it has been engaging directly with its business since the event to support them, including providing counselling and mental health support.

“In light of the tragic events, rent at Westfield Bondi for the week from Saturday 13 April until Friday 19 April inclusive will be waived,” the statement said.

“Our businesses team will continue to engage directly with each of our business partners on the support they need to re-open and reconnect with their customers and the community.”

The Community Reflection Day will be held on the fourth level of the shopping centre, Myer side. The centre will not play any background music and advertisements on digital screens, calling for a peaceful and quiet reflection moment for participants.

Mental health counsellors from Assure and Lifeline, along with other community partners, will be available to speak with anyone needing support.

Westfield Bondi Junction will hold the event in the wake of a stabbing spree that happened at the shopping centre last Saturday afternoon when a 40-year-old man identified as Joel Cauchi and described as suffering from mental issues, randomly stabbed people including a nine-month-old baby.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and would like to thank the community, business partners and our customers for your ongoing support during this time,” Westfield Bondi Junction said.

Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil will be held at the Dolphin Court, Bondi Beach – south of the Bondi Pavilion – on April 21 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

  • Inside Retail understands that some of the facts around this event – and some of the content shared on social media – may cause distress to some people. If you or someone you know needs help, there are services available to assist, including Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 551 800) and Beyond Blue (1300 224 636). 

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