Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Venues assess security in wake of Manchester Arena terrorist attrocity

Venues assess security in wake of Manchester Arena terrorist attrocity
May 24, 2017

Major venues across Australia are set to increase security measures in the wake of Monday night’s terror attack at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and injured 64 others.

At a Government level, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and members of the National Security Committee of Cabinet have been briefed by the heads of Australia’s intelligence, security, defence and law enforcement agencies in Canberra.

As a result, a review has been ordered into security at major venues after the tragedy at the Ariana Grande concert, while the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (AISO) will work with the Australian Federal Police to revaluate current arrangements.

While Australia’s terror threat level will remain unchanged at ‘probable’ for now, security arrangements for major sporting and cultural events such as Sydney’s Vivid Festival, which begins on Friday, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonweatlh Games and ongoing sporting fixtures and concert events are under review.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told reporters at Parliament House yesterday (24th May) “Australia’s threat level has not changed, there is no evidence to suggest it should change ... (but) we will keep all major events under review.

“We are also reviewing places of mass gathering, crowded places, to ensure to keep the places as safe as possible for Australians and tourists.”

Authorities have thwarted 12 terrorist plots on Australian soil since September 2014, including one before Christmas last year which is believed would have seen the detonation of an explosive device in or around Federation Square in Melbourne.

Among new security measures being considered is the strict control of venues when patrons are leaving events, more Police and security staff during events and a complete ban on backpacks and more police and security staff.

The Australian has reported that Sydney venues are considering introducing a new policy which would allow only see-through bags through the gates, a security measure used throughout America and for more patrons to be subject to an inspection by a metal-detection wand.

Venue managers AEG Ogden said they review security for each event at their arenas and that includes checking security measures for the precinct outside the venue.

An AEG Ogden spokeperson advised “all AEG Ogden managed venues constantly review security measures and remain extremely vigilant about security of our patrons and staff

“Management at each venue undertake a risk assessment for every event and work closely with the State’s Police Command, including any recommendations they make regarding security for a particular event. That includes the precinct and the venue itself.”

Expressing concern at how the attack might impact Australia’s venues and events industry, Natasha Barker, Manager Corporate at international insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) - Australia told Insurance Business “in my opinion there is sure to be an impact but to what extent will depend on the scale of the costs involved with this and other recent attacks.”

Barker added that the attacks in Manchester are “sure to have repercussions on any further event insurers are considering to cover and price.”

Internationally, Mark Mettes, Chair of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) issued a a statement advising “our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been touched by this attack, especially all of the young victims and their families.

“I also include our facility manager colleagues at the Manchester Arena because they will be touched by this tragedy for the rest of their lives. Although we would love to reach out and help them in some meaningful way, we must recogniSe through this tragedy the importance of individual and institutional preparedness.

“In these times, we must remind ourselves of our personal responsibilities at our venues. Please make time to review your own Emergency Evacuation Plans and any Emergency Procedures your venue has for Staff.

“If your venue doesn’t have these plans or procedures, I strongly encourage you to reach out to the leadership of your venue and do your part in taking the necessary steps toward preparedness.”

On financial markets, a number of investors have opted to sell shares in concert promoter Live Nation and US venue Madison Square Garden in New York over fears the Manchester attack could impact ticket sales at US events.

Shares in Live Nation - which is promoting the now-suspended Ariana Grande tour - fell by 31 cents to US$33.61 on Tuesday and did not recover on Wednesday. Madison Square Garden shares were down to US$196.61.

Image: A past security operation at the Sydney Opera House (top) and the Manchester Arena (below).

23rd May 2017 - VENUE INDUSTRY REACTS TO MANCHESTER ARENA TERROR ATTACK 

1st February 2017 - RELIANCE RISK MARKS 10 YEARS OF HELPING SPORT, VENUES AND MAJOR EVENTS MANAGE RISK

16th January 2017 - PERCEPTION OF SAFETY AND SECURITY BOOST AUSTRALIA’S INTERNATIONAL TOURISM GROWTH

22nd December 2016 - ADELAIDE OVAL INTRODUCES UPGRADED SECURITY FOR SUMMER EVENTS

27th March 2016 - VENUE SECURITY INCREASED OVER EASTER WEEKEND 

8th December 2015 - ATTRACTION, EVENT AND VENUE OPERATORS GIVEN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT PATRONS IN A MASS SHOOTING 

2nd December 2015 - AUSTRALIAN VENUES TO BOOST SECURITY FOLLOWING PARIS ATTACKS

20th November 2015 - ISLAMIC STATE JIHADISTS TARGET MAJOR VENUES IN TERROR CAMPAIGN

19th November 2015 - VENUE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION SENDS SYMPATHY TO EUROPEAN VENUE MANAGERS


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

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

DEBITSUCCESS

Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation

 
 

Tim Batt Water Solutions

Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation / Technology / Venues

 
 

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

 
 
 

AUSTRALIAN WATERSLIDES AND LEISURE

A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

Also at 3 Squill Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148 ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 
 
 

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