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The Hillcrest Primary School Grade 5-6 children were killed after the jumping castle and zorb balls on which they were playing were lifted 10m into the air by a freak gust of wind.Devonport City Council general manager Matthew Atkins said families and the community were welcome to attend in quiet reflection while the collection takes place on Friday.A section of Lawrence Drive will be closed along the front of the school and parking will be available in Lovett St.“Council will ensure these tributes are stored safely and will work with the familymembers, and the Hillcrest school community, to create a permanent memorial forthe young lives that were taken too early,” Mr Atkins said.“It is not known what this will be at this stage, but what is known is that it will be asuitable place where our community can remember these precious children.”The tributes include floral arrangements, teddies, items treasured by thechildren such as basketballs and PlayStation controllers, drawings, photographs andheartfelt messages written in letters and on cards.“Between now and 31 December, the memorial will be monitored each day andany perishable items, such as flowers which are beginning to deteriorate, will besensitively removed,” Mr Atkins said.“It is expected the community will continue to leave tributes near the school over thecoming weeks and council will continue to preserve the dignity of the existing tributesand collect and preserve any other items left after December 31.“A public condolence book has also been set up on the council’s website and allmessages will be given to the families and the Hillcrest community.“We encourage anyone going through this difficult time, to reach out for help if youneed it, by contacting Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.”Devonport City Council has a dedicated webpage where people can access thepublic condolence book, make a donation to the Hillcrest Community Public Fundand also seek the help they may need.helen.kempton@news.com.au



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