Traffic disruptions expected due to protests in Sydney CBD

Police are warning motorists, residents and visitors to the Sydney CBD of possible traffic disruptions due to planned protests this weekend.

The protests are scheduled to take place in the Sydney CBD on Sunday afternoon (22 November 2015).

Both static demonstrations are expected to take place from 12pm-3pm, in Martin place, between Macquarie Street and Castlereagh Street.


There are no scheduled road closures; however, police may close nearby roadways if necessary, including sections of Phillip and Macquarie Streets.

Motorists are also urged to be aware of their surroundings and take extra care when travelling through the area due to increased pedestrian numbers.

A police operation, comprising officers from the Central Metropolitan Region with assistance from specialist units, will be in place to ensure the protests are carried out lawfully and to minimise any potential disruption to the wider community.

Officers have been working with rally organisers to ensure demonstrations are conducted in a safe and peaceful manner, while also abiding by the law.

Operation Commander, Superintendent David Donohue, said police are focused on enforcing the law and ensuring the safety of participants, local residents and visitors during the CBD protests this weekend.

“While we respect the right of individuals and groups to protest; we remind those involved that they must do so peacefully and in compliance with the law,” Supt Donohue said.

“Police have also been working with organisers to ensure their right to protest in a lawful manner is met and to facilitate a peaceful demonstration.

“Any form of criminal, anti-social or dangerous behaviour will not be tolerated; if you choose to do the wrong thing you’ll be removed from the area and dealt with accordingly,” Supt Donohue said.

“The same goes for anyone who attempts to cause disharmony or incite conflict with those who may hold opposing views.

“There will be additional officers deployed in the CBD to ensure the rallies are carried out both lawfully and peacefully, and to allow the broader community to go about their day as normal with minimal disruption,” Supt Donohue said.

“Protesters must also be mindful of motorists when standing near any roadways and need to listen to and obey directions of police to ensure their own safety and the safety of bystanders.

“Police will respond swiftly to violent or disruptive behaviour, or any action that poses a threat to community safety,” Supt Donohue said.

“If you are caught acting unlawfully, you can expect to be arrested and you may very well face further police action.”