Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has this afternoon met with family and friends of Manmeet Sharma, a Council bus driver who was tragically killed on Friday.
During the meeting the Lord Mayor reiterated his support for and deepest condolences to Manmeet’s family, on behalf of the Brisbane community.
Council has established a fund to support Manmeet’s family, donations can be made to the Manmeet Sharma Trust to Council Customer Service Centres or via direct debit to:
Account Name: BCC Manmeet Sharma Trust Fund
BSB: 064 000
Account Number: 14715982
Manmeet Sharma will be honoured with a permanent memorial, with details to be confirmed following consultation with the local community.
The Lord Mayor has reiterated his support for the local Indian community and said he is proud of how Brisbane has united in the face of this tragic event.
Cr Quirk said there is no evidence that the attack was racially motivated and residents of all races and backgrounds had come together to show their support for Manmeet and Brisbane bus drivers.
The Lord Mayor will also write to the Queensland Attorney General, calling for increased penalties to be introduced for assault of bus operators in the line of work.
This evening, the Lord Mayor will attend a service at the Brisbane Sikh Temple in Eight Mile Plains, in commemoration of Manmeet’s life.