Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Bendigo City Council defends anti-terrorism measures despite event cancellation

Bendigo City Council defends anti-terrorism measures despite event cancellation
July 25, 2019

City of Bendigo staff have defended the new anti-terrorism measures for events despite the recent cancellation of the Bendigo Fun Run.

Organisers of the annual Bendigo Bank Fun Run last week announced the cancellation of this year’s event due to the increased costs of security measures which included barriers to protect against possible attacks using vehicles.

City of Greater Bendigo’s Manager of Tourism and Major Events, Terry Karamaloudis, told the Bendigo Advertiser that they “always had the risk lens on…. but now more than ever”.

The risk assessment for managing community events is being shaped by the Victorian Guidelines for Planning Safe Public Events, a document developed by several state government and emergency service agencies, and recommendations from the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee.

Karamaloudis said it would be irresponsible of the council to grant permits when those guidelines had not been addressed and it was the responsibility of event organisers to meet them.

Karamaloudis advised “this whole exercise is one huge ‘what if’ situation. This is about careful, prudent planning in today’s society.”

Event organisers in Ballarat also have to consider such new security measures when planning events, with The City of Ballarat creating its own assessment guide for crowded places, based on the national counter-terrorism committee’s guidelines.

A Council spokesperson advised “should the assessment indicate a risk to public safety, the event organisers are required to liaise with council and Victoria Police in relation to the event specifics in this regard.

“Every event application and risk assessment are evaluated to determine if the event organiser is to complete a Crowded Places Security Checklist.

“Council officers work closely with event organisers to develop the strategies and appropriate actions that need to be undertaken to ensure risk to event goers is minimised, we are committed to the ongoing safety of our community.”

Image: Bendigo Bank Fun Run, courtesy of Bendigo Tourism.

Related Articles

5th July 2019 - ACMI to manage Bendigo Creative Industries Hub

1st July 2019 - Anti-terror costs forces cancellation of Murwillumbah Banana Festival

7th June 2019 - Visit Victoria supports multiple events over the June long weekend

13th September 2018 - Bendigo’s Capital Venues and Events named Performing Arts Centre of the Year

9th November 2017 - Interpol warns of growing terror and security threats at major sporting events

11th October 2017 - Bendigo to host new trail run festival

18th August 2017 - Federal Government to announce plans to protect crowded places from terrorist incidents

23rd August 2016 - Global tourism resilient to terrorism and further macroeconomic challenges

13th September 2014 - Raised terror alert leads to increased event security

14th August 2014 - Report shows events drive regional tourism


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 

LES MILLS ASIA PACIFIC

Les Mills Asia Pacific Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) have been setting the benchmark for providing professional fitness solutions across Australia and South East Asia since 1996. Our world renowned…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

AAC ID SOLUTIONS

AAC ID Solutions is a leading supplier of identification access wristbands, barcoded wristband tickets, lanyards, membership products and RFID solutions for events and venues, working with thousands…

read more

Access / Marketing / Safety / Ticketing

 
 

SWIMPLEX AQUATICS

Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

The Retention People Australia

TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…

read more

Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

GUNNEBO

Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Security / Ticketing / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business