Locals invited to share MH17 condolences

THE downing of flight MH17 has been felt Australia-wide.

A condolence book has since been placed in South Coast MP Shelley Hancock’s office for the public to sign and remember the victims.

Mrs Hancock said the book would be available to sign until Monday, August 4.

“It will then be sent to Sydney where all the condolence pages will be bound together and sent to the victim’s families,” she said.

“Those who would like to sign the book can do so during office hours or access the online edition.

“This has been so widely felt by the community and this [signing the book] will allow people to say they are thinking of the families.”

There were 298 people on board the Malaysian Airline plane, 37 of which were Australian citizens or residents.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arrived in Ukraine on Friday to sign an agreement that will provide a legal basis for Australia’s presence in the country.

The arrangement will not come into effect until signed off by President Petro Poroshenko and passed by the Ukraine Parliament, which could take some time.

Once operating, it will allow Australian officials freedom of movement in the Ukraine, letting them work with local authorities and allow equipment and supplies to be brought into the country. It will also cover legal matters such as liability.

Nowra’s travel agents have said since the tragedy many people wanted to know their international flight paths.

My Travel Expert part owner Julie Woodall said she was greatly saddened by the tragedy.

“It’s a very sensitive subject for a lot of people at the moment because it is so unfortunate,” she said.

“It has upset everyone in the world, but I hope it doesn’t stop Australians from travelling because we do love to travel.”

The MH17 condolence book is available to sign at Shelley Hancock’s office at 57 Plunkett Street, Nowra or can be accessed online at www.nsw.gov.au.

RESPECTS: South Coast MP Shelley Hancock sits with Bill Rigney as he signs the MH17 tragedy condolence book which is available for the public to sign at Mrs Hancock’s office.

RESPECTS: South Coast MP Shelley Hancock sits with Bill Rigney as he signs the MH17 tragedy condolence book which is available for the public to sign at Mrs Hancock’s office.

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