Marks Park Sunrise Service of Reflection

6:15 - 7am, Saturday 24 February 2024

A free event, presented by Bronte Surf Club, ACON, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Waverley Council

Join us as we remember the past, reflect on the present and look to the future at the Marks Park Sunrise Service of Reflection.

As we celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, let us gather at sunrise to commemorate those in our communities we’ve lost, to celebrate the immense progress we’ve made toward a stronger society, and to commit to ending bigotry and prejudice in all its forms.

All are welcome to join and reflect with us at the Rise Memorial in Marks Park. Bring respect, hope and love. Rise, the Bondi Memorial was officially opened in 2021. The memorial is founded on the Principles of Remembrance, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice and Acceptance. This space is dedicated to victims and survivors of homophobic and transphobic violence.

Speakers for the event:
• Welcome to Country - Aunty Lola Ryan
• MC - Ivan Power, Bronte Surf Club
• Special Commissioner Justice John Sackar
Justin Koonin, ACON President
Alex Greenwich, Member for Sydney
• Waverley Mayor, Paula Masselos

Please note: There will be a small crew filming the event for a documentary. If you do not wish to appear on camera, please let one of the friendly crew members know before the service.

Accessibility: Due to the uneven terrain of some parts of Marks Park, this area may not be accessible to all patrons.

Hosting an Event

Waverley Council delivers and hosts a variety of events that contribute to their vibrant and diverse cultural life, while meeting community’s environmental and social sustainability expectations.

If you would like to hold a public, private or commercial event involving the Bondi Memorial please click here to book through the Waverly Council website. To determine whether your event is low, medium or high impact please refer to the Waverly Council Events Policy and then fill out the appropriate form.

For any questions regarding your event or assistance with this application please email [email protected]