Security measures at the Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium and Cbus Super Stadium will soon be strengthened thanks to a funding boost from the Qld Government.
The State announced on Thursday that the Government had approved a package of $98.3 million to bolster Queensland’s counter-terrorism capabilities, revealing they were going to do everything they could to prevent a repeat of attacks seen overseas.
The package includes $8.3 million to upgrade security measures at nine Stadium Queensland venues.
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Sport Minister Mick de Brenni said the Government was determined to keep sporting venues safe, secure and accessible.
“Guided by Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism, Stadiums Queensland has recommended a series of additional measures,” the Minister said.
“These measures include more perimeter barriers such as bollards, alarm monitoring, surveillance capability, entry searches and staff training.”
The package also includes $58 million for a new Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre for the Queensland Police Service at Wacol, as well as $32 million to recruit 50 new police officers, including 30 officers dedicated to counter-terrorism.
The Premier said the Wacol centre would include indoor firearms ranges, a scenario village and specialist training areas to increase capability in managing terrorism and other critical incidents.
“The Palaszczuk Government is proud of its investment in the future of community and police officer safety in Queensland,” she said.
“We must remain vigilant and that is why my Government has ensured our Police have the powers they need. We are determined to ensure they have resources and facilities to further hone their specialist counter-terrorism skills.”