Flags are flying at half-mast at The Hills Council chambers today as the nation mourns the loss of the 27 Australians who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
Mayor Michelle Byrne said the loss was felt close to home.
“At the last council meeting we paused to remember 25-year-old Jack O’Brien, one of the victims of the tragedy who had strong connections with The Hills shire,” Cr Byrne said.
“The tragedy was obviously compounded by the fact that these innocent people were caught in the crossfire of a war that none of them had a connection with.”
Residents and visitors can sign a book of condolence at the council chambers, at 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills, or any of the the Hills Shire Libraries.
“I encourage anyone who visits the chambers to sign the book of condolence," Cr Byrne said.
"The power of your words can have a truly uplifting effect on the victim’s families.”
Hornsby MP Matt Kean said there is also a condolence book available to sign in his office.
Books will also be made available at locations across NSW including Parliament House, the Sydney Opera House and other NSW Electorate Offices.
An online version is available at http://www.nsw.gov.au.