It was just a matter of time…
Gold Coast Council has confirmed, overseas terror events and the current terrorist threat level, has prompted the need for added security measures in our city’s most popular pedestrian areas.
Concrete security barriers will be installed in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach to enhance public safety.
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Additional concrete barriers will be put in at the eastern and western ends of both Cavill Ave and Broadbeach Malls, to deter vehicles from entering the mall areas at speed.
Mayor Tom Tate said the barriers would be installed this week at a cost of $10,000 to help protect locals and visitors.
“In light of recent tragic events, our current terrorist threat level and especially as we prepare to host the Commonwealth Games, we need to do our utmost to keep the community safe,” Cr Tate said.
“These barriers, along with our extensive CCTV network, are helping people to feel safer in busy public areas,” he added.
The concrete barriers will be positioned to allow access to malls for operational and emergency service vehicles but are designed to deter hostile vehicles driving at speed into the malls.
Planning for other long term security provisions like retractable bollards, structural public art and garden beds which complement the design and aesthetics of the major city precincts is underway.