A vigil will be held in Civic Square in Launceston at 7pm this evening to honour the memories of the 50 lives lost in a terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch.
The local Muslim community will attend for quiet reflection, brief speeches, music and an opportunity to write a message of support to Christchurch, and the wider community is invited to take part.
Jeff McKinnon, pastor of the City Baptist Church, organised the vigil with the support of Mayor Albert Van Zetten, the Launceston Muslim community, local politicians and community leaders.
He said the attack had been traumatic for Muslims in Launceston.
"Many of these people have come from traumatic backgrounds themselves," Mr McKinnon said.
"It's harder for us who have not lived with trauma to understand what it's like to just want to raise their families in a peaceful place, and not have the threat of being attacked.
"In particular, many members of our Hazara community have had family members who have been killed, tortured, disappeared.
"These backgrounds add to how you think about the impact of events like what happened in Christchurch."
Launceston's Hazara community has grown to over 600 with about 90 families - the largest Muslim community in the city.
Member for Bass Ross Hart said the diversity of northern Tasmania was something to celebrate.
He said the events in Christchurch were distressing.
"I am beyond sad and horrified by the scale of this, and the fact that the enabling of hatred has consequences," Mr Hart said.
The vigil in Civic Square will begin at 7pm.