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Queensland Government announces counter-terrorism and stadium security enhancements

Queensland Government announces counter-terrorism and stadium security enhancements
October 6, 2017

The Queensland Government has this week approved a package of $98.3 million to bolster Queensland’s counter-terrorism capabilities, strengthen security at nine Stadium Queensland venues and recruiting additional officers.

Speaking ahead of the Council of Australian Governments’ meeting on national security in Canberra on Thursday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government was prepared to do everything it could, in partnership with all governments, to prevent a repeat of attacks seen overseas.

The $98.3 million package includes:

• $58 million (including $46.7 million over three years announced in the June Queensland Budget) for a new Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre for the Queensland Police Service; and
• $8.3 million to upgrade security measures at the nine Stadium Queensland venues in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville.

Queensland Sport Minister Mick de Brenni said the Government was determined that Stadiums Queensland venues remained safe, secure and accessible.

Minister de Brenni stated “guided by Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism, Stadiums Queensland has recommended a series of additional measures.

“These measures include more perimeter barriers such as bollards, alarm monitoring, surveillance capability, entry searches and staff training.”

The Stadiums Queensland venues are Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba (Brisbane Cricket Ground), Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Queensland Tennis Centre, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre and Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane, as well as the Metricon Stadium and Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast and 1300 SMILES Stadium in Townsville.

Image shows Metricon Stadium in Commonwealth Games overlay.

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