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New Concrete Safety Barriers To Protect Our City

09 June 2017

New safety barriers are being installed at key landmarks around the CBD to protect locals, visitors and our city.

The Andrews Labor Government and City of Melbourne have started installing the temporary concrete blocks in Bourke Street Mall and along the northern edge of Federation Square.

Over the coming weeks, concrete barriers will be installed at other sites around the city to restrict vehicle access and boost security at some of Melbourne’s most popular areas.

The sites have been identified by Victoria Police based on levels of foot traffic, public gatherings and significance to Melbourne.

For security reasons, the location of these additional barriers will be announced as they are installed.

They are the latest in a range of initiatives flagged by the Labor Government to better protect Victoria from terrorism incidents and senseless acts of violence like the Bourke Street tragedy earlier this year.

The Labor Government will continue to work with Melbourne City Council and Victoria Police to replace the temporary barriers with a network of permanent or retractable bollards funded with $10 million in the Victorian Budget 2017/18.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We’re acting to protect our city and keep people safe.”

“These barriers are part of our record investment in more police, better security and more effective laws to combat terrorism and safeguard Victoria.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville

"Recent events have shown us that these sorts of security measures can't wait.”

“We'll continue working with Victoria Police, the City of Melbourne and other law enforcement agencies to make the improvements needed to keep our city safe."

Quotes attributable to Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood

“These works will help increase the safety and security of Melbourne’s public spaces, and give people confidence to go about their business in the city.”

“We will continue to work closely with Victoria Police and the State Government to make sure Melbourne has the best possible security response to whatever threat may arise.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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