Students being evacuated after northern NSW uni placed into lockdown

UPDATE @ 5.00PM | Police say they are confident there is no current threat to Southern Cross University in Lismore after it was forced into lockdown for three hours.

A threat was received earlier today prompting a huge Police response at the campus.

Police say the threat was made by a male and related to the use of firearms.


But they believe the campus is safe.

The University says a building-by-building procedure was under way to ensure a safe and controlled exit of all staff and students.

“The university has organised buses to take people to Lismore CBD, Goonellabah and surrounding areas,” Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said in a statement.

“Before leaving the campus, people will be checked by police as a precaution.

“The campus is still under police control and we will let people know of further updates as soon as possible via email and our Southern Cross University Facebook page.

“This has been a stressful few hours and I want to thank everyone for their amazing patience and co-operation.

“I urge everyone to continue to follow police direction.”

Police say investigations are continuing into whether it was an elaborate hoax or whether there was any substance to the call.

EARLIER @ 3.15PM | A university in northern New South Wales has been placed into lockdown after a threat was reportedly received.

Staff and students at Southern Cross University are being kept inside classrooms while Police investigate.

Local media reports Lismore High School and a nearby child care centre have also been placed into lockdown.

Dozens of Police descended on the campus following initial reports of an active shooter on university grounds.

But Police are playing down those reports and say there has been no sign of any gunman.

Exact details of the threat have not been revealed.

In a statement Police said there has been no reports of injury or shots fired.

“A police operation is underway involving officers from Richmond Police District and other specialist resources.

“Police are advising the public to avoid the area as the operation continues.”

More to come.